Three Ways To Use DNA To Authenticate And Launch Your Story

DNA opens an even more mysterious door to understanding the human condition: all of our ancestors live within each one of us whether we are aware of it or not. ― Laurence Overmire, from:   The One Idea That Saves The World: A Message of Hope in a Time of Crisis There is science that bears out the […]

What Wonderful Stories Lurk In Mysteries Within Vintage Family Albums?

“When A Photo Outlives The Memory, Write The Story…Give It A Voice – Again”. – Nancy Cullen Making wonderful stories, twenty or so members of my mother’s extended family gathered for Thanksgiving this past year.  Although we kept in touch remotely, due to the health emergency, it had been a couple of years since we […]

Summer Is Not Gone Yet! Squeeze Out One More Adventure

Summer is very precious.  –  Dylan Lauren       It’s here. The annual back-to-school thing.  But wait!  Summer is not over yet!  That pace of unstructured bliss that allows for refreshment and rest is still here.  Even in the midst of ongoing pandemic rhetoric take some time for a change of venue.  Let’s finish […]

How Writing Your Story Reveals And Opens Unexpected Treasures

“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?”  ― Linda Weaver Clarke “Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson There […]

How Your Personal Story Is Like Hot Steaming Soup!

“Speaking of the history of stories and especially of fairy-stories, we may say that the Pot of Soup, the Cauldron of Story has always been boiling, and to it have continually been added new bits, dainty and undainty” – J.R.R. Tolkein While we lived in Alsace, I learned about the Pot-au-Feu, the French version of […]

How To Keep Your Balance In Crazy Unpredictable Times

Get away and unplug. You’ll come back stronger than ever.  – MICHAEL HYATT Maintaining balance is vital to a healthy outlook.  No matter what side of the political spectrum you are one, we can all agree times are turbulent.  Turbulence is tiring.  Turbulence is distracting. However, it is summer, and although it may take a bit […]

The Sun Came Bursting Over The Horizon And A New Outstanding Day Arrived

“From the blackness of nothing to the brightness of everything.  The sun came bursting over the horizon and a new day was here.”  Paul Hancock, The Writings of HANCOCK, September 1975 In the past, The Northfield School of the Liberal Arts had a year-end program called, Americana.  It is an opportunity for students and faculty to […]

Every Last Generation Is A Powerful Servant Of The Next

“He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.” – ‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:50‬ ‭NLT‬‬ God’s mercy in every last generation, goes beyond simply not getting what we all know we deserve.  The word for mercy embraces His covenant love for all of mankind.  However, a critical element is mankind’s individual choice to receive […]

Eternal Summer! The Perfect Season For Story Telling And Rescuing!

“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…”  ―Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited When one is retired from working as an employee, you would think that the seasons, including that eternal summer, would all blend together.  I find, that while my […]