How A Long Colorful Road Trip, A Civil War Book Launch, And Family Relate

As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see. — Vincent Van Gogh When one thinks of the upper Midwest, the American Civil War does not immediately come to mind.  However, a few weeks ago, we embarked on a five day road trip that […]

When It feels AWKWARD: A Memorable First Flying Lesson

“Even when it feels awkward…” – Nancy Cullen  “Anything worth doing well is worth doing badly in the beginning” – Marshall Thurber  I do not like doing things badly.  I want to do things well.  The first time.  I see others doing a thing well, with grace and ease, so I jump in and, well, […]

The Mom And Pop Establishment – Best True Memories Of Quincey’s

“Mom & pop stores are not about something small; they are about something big. … They are important not only for the food, drink, clothing, and tools they sell us, but also for providing us with intellectual stimulation, social interaction, and connection to our communities. We must have mom & pop stores because we are […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Satisfying Story In A Generational Quilt Completed

“To me, the beauty of a quilt or a dress lies within the stitches and the thought of the person who made them. When you spend time making something with your two hands, you impart love in a way that buying never can.” – Natalie. The Satisfying Story Of A Generational Quilt began earlier this year […]

My Grandfathers’ Rocking Chairs – What They Represent

There is a peacefulness, an air of reflection, about a rocking chair that attaches to no other moving object. – Wallis Simpson We are fortunate that two rocking chairs, one from each side of my family, the Hancocks and the Rightmeiers, remain in the family. We do not know much about them, except they were […]

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 […]