Memorial Day – A Letter from a Brother

Memorial Day – A Letter from a Brother

My daughter is applying for a scholarship and needed a copy of my dad’s discharge papers. My mom was surprised to find this letter from my uncle to my dad. It was written at anchor from Tokyo Bay where Japan’s surrender was signed. (More information here.)...
Holiday Recap and a few Handmade Gifts

Holiday Recap and a few Handmade Gifts

My daughter and I enjoyed Larkrise to Candleford. I concluded that she is a bit like Dorcus Lane – strong, independent, kind-hearted and a wee bit meddling… Dorcas recognizes that she has “one weakness”…when she actually has many. I used...
Thoughts on Life – The Family Dinner

Thoughts on Life – The Family Dinner

I think I may have done two things right as a parent:  read to my kids and made the family meal a priority.  Now, the table is not always loving set like it is above (for Annie’s homecoming dinner).  But the world just feels “right” when we are...
Gift of an Ordinary Day – Part 1

Gift of an Ordinary Day – Part 1

“This eloquent book is subtitled “A Mother’s Memoir” but that’s not giving Kenison’s chronicle of her sons’ increasing independence its full due. It’s also about longing and fulfillment, taking stock of failures and achievements, a search for the elusive...