A Colorful Gentleman in Black & White

An old family album that was put together at least 100 years ago portrays my mother's parents and grandparents in St. Albans, Vermont, when my mother was three or four years old.  Most of the pictures are formal, even the ones where my grandmother was feeding the chickens.  She wears a clean dress and her…

Alien?

"My brother is an alien," she stated confidently in her sweet, three-year-old voice.  She was too young to know that once she had also been an alien.  The immigration officer smiled in a professionally controlled way.  Likely she had heard that joke a few times in her long career behind that desk. There is no…

Things I Want to Know – Definitions

  This is a companion piece to a recent post that poked fun at some of the things that drive me crazy about the loved ones with whom I share daily life. I am back on the soapbox I have constructed over 30 years of being wife, mother and woman of the house. It may…

Things I Want You to Know

As much as I love you, my dear family members, here are some things I want you to know. You have possibly not heard them before because...... I am too polite. I was raised to be accommodating. It's my job to make everybody happy. You weren't listening anyway. It's just easier to do it myself!…

I Need a Vacation After My Vacation

I have read several posts lately from bloggers I like describing wonderful vacation plans, sharing journal entries from exotic trips, replete with pictures of incredibly beautiful vistas that renew their spirits and calm their pounding working-world hearts. I admit to being somewhat jealous, and easily fall into "everybody is having more fun than I" pity-party…