I’ve been thinking about my dad a lot lately. After all, it is October and I am in the mountains of North Carolina. It was his favorite place to be in autumn. How It All Started My brother started college in the fall of 1986 at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. My parents, … More Why a Simple Green Hat Is Significant To Me
If you ever want to take a trip down memory lane, just go to a vintage clothing store. If you’re of a certain age you might find bell-bottom or color block jeans, maxi dresses or one of those silky polyester shirts from the disco era. You may even find the exact shirt or dress that … More How A Simple Dress In A Vintage Store Sent Me Back In Time
Something New Is Coming To Town There’s a new park being built in my hometown. They’ve been working on it for about three years, even longer if you add all the years of planning. I’ve been a witness to the progress every time I’ve driven on one of the main thoroughfares in town; usually to … More Why It Takes More Than Physical Materials To Make A Building Significant
The Time Has Come Happy New Year! I know, I know. We are a week into 2022 so what’s with the Happy New Year? I’ll tell you. This coming week feels like the real beginning of the new year because I’m just now taking my Christmas decorations down and putting them away. For several years … More Why Epiphany Feels Like The Real New Year’s Day
It’s that time of the year again. We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving, the day set aside to reflect on all of the blessings of our lives. It’s not just a day though, is it? Doesn’t it seem like our thoughts go to the things we are grateful for every November? As I reflect on Thanksgiving 2021, … More Seven Things I Am Thankful For In 2021
My Favorite Tree It rises up above our two-story home, its green, leafy branches pointing skyward like an emerald beacon. It’s my favorite tree. We planted it in 1997, about four years after we moved into the home in which we still live. The main reason I love this tree, is that it is one … More How One Lovely Tree Marks The Seasons of Life
What has four long legs, curly apricot-colored hair, a brown nose, gold eyes, floppy ears and a tail that waves like some sort of fluffy banner? Not really what, but who? It’s Boone, our Australian Labradoodle. Happy Booneiversary Today is a special day for us and for Boone. It is the one year anniversary of … More Celebrating A Remarkable Year With A Cute Little Dood
More Than Just a Piece of Furniture The little wooden rocking chair sits in the corner of the landing at the top of the stairs. It is waiting — waiting for some tiny child to come along and resurrect its purpose. The chair is almost as old as me. You could probably call it … More One Good Way I’m Preparing For The Next Empty Nest Phase
Easter is different in the empty nest. Gone are the years of Easter baskets, Easter outfits and Easter egg hunts. It’s much quieter, much more introspective. It’s not necessarily a bad thing — just different. Childhood Easters Easter was always a time for big family gatherings when I was growing up. In preparation for … More What’s The Best Thing About Easter In The Empty Nest?
I heard the jet engines in the distance. By the time my brain processed the sound, I grabbed my phone to take a picture and rushed out the door, the jet was already past my house, out of range for a good photo. It caught me by surprise once again. Little Airport, Big Jets I … More What Do Jets Have To Do With Empty Nests?