At the Intersection of the Silvery Moon and Stony Lake

In the summer of 1969, I was a camper at the American Youth Foundation Camp Miniwanka, in Shelby, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. My parents sent both my brother and me up there from Texas for two years, overlapping only one. The boys and girls were in separate camp, of course, in those [...]

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Picking Up Baby Chicks from the Post Office

Why do I want to write my story and want to capture the stories of others? The connections to the past are of supreme importance to our understanding of today. Here is an example of how those connections work. My dad told me how he and his mother would walk to the post office to [...]

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Positive Approaches to Aging

Here’s a question for our Friday musings: How can we positively approach aging? Recently I met three older gentlemen and I have a few observations to share. The first gentleman I met always has been a great reader of history and literature and has met many challenges head-on through the decades. Conversing with him was [...]

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Cataract Surgery and Life

We started 2017 with quite a bang, quite frankly. On January 1, my husband and I flew into Albuquerque, NM from Richmond, Virginia where we had spent Christmas with one of our daughters. After spending the night, drove to Flagstaff, AZ, by way of our home in the Four Corners area to exchange cars. Quite [...]

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Wedding Dresses Get New Life

I am getting ready to travel back to Virginia where my younger daughter lives. I had asked her several weeks ago if she would like my wedding dress or the wedding dress of my mother. Susan is a photographer and likes to use old dresses in some of her pictures. She wants both wedding dresses. [...]

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Who has influenced your life today?

Recently I spent some time with my parents at their home in Texas. I am collecting my father’s life stories to include them in a book of his life. As I drove through the town, I drove down a street where an influential English professor of mine once resided. While Dr. Frank Leavell has been [...]

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Why do I need to save my life story?

I don’t have children, so why do I need to save my life story? This is a question I ask myself often as I have children but no grandchildren. However, there is value in our stories. Recently I have been working on writing my father’s story. Dr. Robert G. Collmer is his formal name, but [...]

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The Challenge of Downsizing

Life is full of the unexpected from good news to the not-so-good news. These past few months have been a whirlwind as my husband and I have been going through gigantic changes. First, he learned that he would be given the opportunity to leave his company where we have been for most of our adult [...]

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Remembering D-Day

Recently, I spent a pleasant spring afternoon on a Virginia hillside walking through the memorial for the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, when 160,000 Allied troops landed along the French coastline. The cool southern Virginia breeze belied the horrors of that day on a far-away beach, memorialized at the National D-Day Memorial [...]

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Our Stories Still Matter!

“No one reads the classics anymore.” “The classics were written by a lot of dead people a long time ago.” Have you ever had such thoughts? Do you remember those high school days when you were reading “Beowulf” or “Julius Caesar”? Or, for many of us in college, we read Dante’s Inferno, which gives a [...]

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