award

Uncategorized Aug 10, 2022

Last Saturday was our Epworth community’s Annual Cottagers Meeting.  As things got started, I had the shock of my life:  Mallory Carr, the President of the Board of Trustees announced that I had been selected as Epworth’s Good Citizen for 2022.  I couldn’t have...

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sprained ankle

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2022

Last week I sprained my ankle…again.  This has happened to me before.  I am so prone to rolling my ankles that I carry Air Cast ankle supports with me and wear them on both legs when I play tennis.

When you’re gimpy you start to notice other people with special protective...

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moon set

Uncategorized Jul 27, 2022

During several summers when our children were young, I’d invite a dear friend with little ones the same ages to join us for a few days.  One summer with our kids tucked up in their beds my friend and I took our beach chairs out in front of the cottage to watch the moon set.  ...

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a light has dawned

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2022

“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
      the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
     Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
     have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
...

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covid shopping

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2022

It was bound to happen.  After two and a half years of avoiding Covid like the plague (literally), family members in our household started coming down with symptoms last week.  This necessitated all exposed parties to go into quarantine.  As one who had seemingly had the least...

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the picnic where nobody came

Uncategorized Jul 06, 2022

It was supposed to be a picnic, a reunion of forty-some family members in a summer cottage community to which my extended family has come for our entire lives.  There would be a cook-out in a park with a playground and a splashpad, and there would be a family photo to memorialize the...

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trainspotting

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2022

Because Campbell had told me that he was really interested in the Mississippi River, we did not head directly to Chicago after our riverboat ride.  We took a more meandering path north to Moline, IL.  I had envisioned maybe following the path of “Old Man River” through...

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the mark twain

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2022

I love to pair my travels with literary experiences.  When I took our son Court across the country in 1994, we stopped at several Little House sites. When in New York City I have taken my children to some of the sites in “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” and...

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leavenworth national cemetery

Uncategorized Jun 15, 2022

My Aunt Martha was the family genealogist.  When she passed away, I asked if I could have all her files.  Her daughter was more than relieved to relinquish them to me, as they were taking up quite a bit of space in her garage.  I culled through them and made digitally produced...

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mesa verde

Uncategorized Jun 08, 2022

In 1994 I got a crazy idea.  I would drive from California to Michigan with only our eight-year-old son.  My one real fear was that we would get a flat tire somewhere.  But as we pulled off the freeway in Las Vegas the car in front of me got a blow-out, so I figured that he had...

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