Laying Our Loved Ones To Rest With Honor And Dignity

“The first night in Morotai, the Japanese sent over a bomber on the north end of the island.  The next day we went out and dug a deeper foxhole.”  – Lt. Joseph F. Cullen, Personal Diary My husband went to rent a car for a trip to the west coast.  The occasion:  A memorial service […]

The Writings of HANCOCK – A Private World

“when the inner garden is under cultivation and God’s Spirit is present, harvests are regular events. The fruits? Things like courage, hope, love, endurance, joy, and lots of peace.” ― Gordon MacDonald, Ordering Your Private World I self-published a book through Amazon in 2015.   The book was compiled in 2000 a few months after my father died. […]

How DNA, Curiosity, Speculation And Imagination Become Brilliant Allies

“Closing my eyes to connect to my roots. I sense the wisdom of my ancestors and my grandmother smiles.” ―The Gossamer Path “Understanding your heritage, your roots, and your ancestry is an important part of carving out your future.” A few years ago, my spouse and I had our DNA tested simply out of curiosity.  […]

Three Reasons Why Roots And Wings Are Required In Destiny

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  Knowing our roots is only half of what is needed to understand destiny.  Both roots and wings are needed to ground us and take us beyond where we came from. […]

When The Waters Divide To Reveal Your Story – Step Two

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots. – Marcus Garvey We are walking through the basic steps to reveal your story.  I began in a previous BLOG with step one: write down what you know. Using, as an example, a side of my family […]

How To Rescue A Precious Buried Lost Story – Step One

Discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday’s stories into our lives today” ― Gillian Hovell, ‘Visiting the Past’ We all have a buried lost story or two that sits in the back of our minds asking to be brought to light.  It may be a family story, which is the most precious, but could […]

My Irish Roots Remarkable In Marriage And Unlocked Through Air Traffic Control?

céad míle fáilte! An Irish Greeting.  While posted in Brussels as the FAA Air Traffic Representative, I went to a lot of meetings.  These were meetings at various levels with delegates from European countries.  The countries represented at a particular venue varied but there tended to be a core group of which the Irish were […]

How A Patch Of Buffalo Grass Evokes Enchanting Images

Its been forty-five days since the snows have begunI stare at the fire and long for the sunAs the bitter winds blow through the mouth of the passI sit here and dream of the Buffalo grass The Buffalo Grass – First stanza, Chris LeDoux There is a patch of buffalo grass in the front yard […]

Where Haunting Echoes Of Joyful Celtic Roots Reside – The Wexford Carol

Within a manger he was laidAnd by his side the virgin maidAttending on the Lord of LifeWho came on earth to end all strife. – The Wexford Carol, Third Stanza Last year as my husband and I enjoyed our Christmas dinner in our dining room at Maison Steinbuchel, we were listening to the Celtic music […]