Celebrations

Shining a Little Light on the New Year

Shining a Little Light on the New Year

Hope for the New YearOne paper bag + a couple cups of sand + one lit candle = magic My brain seems to have been on hiatus (and may still be). Every time I sat down to write a post in December, five minutes into […]

Thanksgiving: A Day to Dine on Gratitude and Apple Pie

Thanksgiving: A Day to Dine on Gratitude and Apple Pie

Thanksgiving Home A quick note to wish you and yours a day of abundance and gratitude, of pumpkin  pie and ladles of gravy, of warm hearts and well wishes, of quiet moments and spirited bouts, of giving and sharing and counting each blessing. Happy Thanksgiving […]

Leftovers, Line the Corners of my Plate…

Leftovers, Line the Corners of my Plate…

Last night, before I waddled into my carbo-induced coma and awaiting bed, I heard the song, The Way We Were. And this morning I’m still hearing the song, The Way We Were. Since I can’t eject the ditty from my internal soundtrack, I have decided […]

A Salute to My Favorite Veteran

A Salute to My Favorite Veteran

Captain Dad and his trusty steed (F-100) on the flightline. I grew up loving a veteran: my Dad, a larger than life man who flew jets from the time I could finger paint until the time I could vote. His Air Force career spanned three […]

Vashon Halloween: Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

Vashon Halloween: Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

Cheshire Gigantica: At 357 pounds, the best-ever jack-o-lantern stole the night. Vashon Islanders take their celebrations seriously, in a non-serious sort of way. Halloween is no exception. Last Monday, town was closed to cars, and left to ghouls, vampires, princesses and pirates in search of […]

Surprising Our Super Hero

Surprising Our Super Hero

My super hero could fly. My first memory of Dad as super hero came in the first grade. Allowed to navigate the theater concession stand on my own, I was having trouble making headway to the front of the counter. When my father showed up […]

Mom’s the Word

Mom’s the Word

A younger me in the company of Mom and Grandma greatness. Mother’s Day is a tough one to get right sometimes; it has been a lifelong learning curve that I’m just now beginning to understand. For years, I thought the celebration was about the gift […]

Dining on Gratitude

Dining on Gratitude

Namaste. One yoga pose I can manage without toppling over. I woke up this morning still shining from the polish of the evening before. A last minute dinner invitation was eagerly accepted, and the simple, delicious meal of bread, soup, salad and chocolate shards was […]

When Marriages and Toasters Were Built to Last

When Marriages and Toasters Were Built to Last

My favorite couple in 1953. My parents are about to celebrate 58 years together, an anniversary also shared with one of their favorite wedding gifts,  a 1953 Sunbeam T-20 toaster. I’m happy to say both the marriage and toaster are still in fine working order. […]

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby…

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby…

My mother just turned 80, and the family was together to celebrate not only the milestone but the lovely woman who wears it so well.  For clarification, of the two dolls in the above photograph, my mother is the one on the right. Born to […]