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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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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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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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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