How To Keep This Summer Special

Summer is very precious.     Dylan Lauren       The summer of 2020 is almost over.  I doubt it was typical for anyone anywhere in the world.  Wearing masks, sanitizing anything and anyone entering our space, shutdowns, job losses, and schools, what is going to happen with our schools?  All of these questions, […]

Old Drawers And An Honest Inherited Tendency

Heredity is the law through which the individual receives from his parents by birth his chief vital forces and tendencies, his physical and spiritual capital. AMORY HOWE BRADFORD, Heredity and Christian Problems Old drawers, or more exactly, drawers that are no longer useful as drawers but remain in tact, call to me.  If you have read […]

A Time Tested Lesson In Processing Loss And Grief

“Trials make you strong. Failure makes you humble. Challenges make you strive. Life keeps you going and growing” ― Kemi Sogunle, Beyond the Pain by Kemi Sogunle Over the past months, the world, literally, has been in a state of shock.  This pandemic, this silent thief, has us all dealing with loss at many levels.  The loss: […]

A Father’s Day Tribute – Saying Adieu To Daddy Joe

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. – Anne Sexton My father passed on in 2000 after battling cancer.  When He died, my father-in-law, Retired Major Joseph F. Cullen,  very sweetly said that he would be willing to fill in as “dad”.  It meant a lot to me, […]

Rescue Your Unique Family Stories – They Matter

“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a (unique family) story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?” ― Linda Weaver Clarke This time a couple of years ago, I was preparing […]

When A Chance Meeting Revealed A Legacy

“That is your legacy on this Earth when you leave this Earth: how many hearts you touched.” —Patti Davis While attending a monthly meeting of my local chapter of Women in Aviation, I was introduced to a gentleman who works for Flight Safety international.  I recognized his name and asked him if he was related to […]

The Most Important Reason To Keep A Journal

“Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.” Carolyn V. Hamil There are many awesome personal reasons to keep a journal.  Lists of why and “how to” are abundant and for these reasons I have developed the habit of daily journaling.  However, there is a rather hidden reason to […]

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. […]

Hidden Photos: Negatives In The Rightmeier Trunk

The trick is that you can’t find the hidden treasure until you start digging. Often enough, if you take the leap and do something, something will happen. Probably not what you thought, but something.  Debbi Fields Recently, I found a packet of hidden photos in the form of photo negatives.  This occurred as I was digging  […]