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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Remembering for the Both of Us through Alzheimer’s

When we think about our stories, we sometimes are tempted to just concentrate on the happy times, the special holidays, or those moments that we all like to commemorate, like graduations and weddings. However, as members of the human race, our stories include hard and sad times as well. As children we talked about all [...]

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Time gets away from us

Today, a potential client of mine died. His granddaughter really wanted to get his story in video form so she, her husband, and their yet-to-be-born children could enjoy Poppy’s wisdom and humor. Her grandfather wanted to wait until he felt stronger from the cancer ravaging his body. He was going to get started just as [...]

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Bringing Ideas to Reality

As I sit here in my lovely home, the memories of all the hard work and chaos are fading a little bit. For years, my husband I talked about painting our house that has the original paint of about 18 years ago. When we bought the house, we inherited the colors and, frankly, poor painting [...]

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Childhood Fun

What did you do for fun when you were a child? Did you build a fort in the living room? Did you ride your bike as fast as you good through the neighborhood? Or, did you go picking blackberries or mulberries or wild berries? Or, did you make countless potholders with those loops on the [...]

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Pictures Create a Unique Family Story

Have you ever thought of the possibility that your old family photos would never be valuable to the Ever thought what you kept might not be meaning for someone? Check out this story about a man whose valuables were stolen from his storage shed. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/27/civil-war-era-photo-collection-returned-to-rightful-owner-five-years-after-being-stolen/ The kindness of a policeman in Sheriff’s Office of Jefferson [...]

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Enjoy Life with Senior Discounts!

One recent morning as I looked in the mirror, my husband mentioned some of the advantages of growing older. While he had a long list, I thought I would share two with you today. The weather is turning lovely and thoughts of the long days of summer are invading my concentration. So, I wanted to [...]

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Our Strange Family Photos Bring Smiles

Have you ever looked through pictures you have inherited and wondered who the people are frozen for all time? Sometimes these pictures make perfect sense and sometimes we just have to come up with the stories ourselves. Family pictures become more meaningful than those random pictures we might find on the internet or the pictures [...]

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