Her Dad’s War

Marina Reznor’s new book, above, is a pictorial memoir of her father’s experience in Europe during World War II. And it’s probably very different from anything else you’ve read because although it follows him from rural Berks County PA up to and beyond the Liberation of Paris, the real star of this book is blood. […]

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Converted!

Not sure why writing has become a bit of a struggle lately. Actually, I am sure. The steady stream of bad news just drives my head deeper into book after book. A microscopic thread of good news? That I’m probably going to over-achieve my modest Goodreads reading challenge goal of 30 books. Actually, as I […]

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Dear Daddy, meet Lorenzo…

Your birthday, April 12, and Father’s Day went by without so much as a Facebook post.  Sorry about that, but I do have something for you. And it’s much more exciting than you  could imagine. Do you remember, by any chance, the very first time I saw an opera? It was on television, on a Sunday […]

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My quarantine crushes

I don’t have much to say about “the situation” that others haven’t already said, and said well.* We’ve all developed different coping mechanisms for life in captivity. When all of this began, I couldn’t concentrate on books or TV. Like so many of us, I focused on the one thing over which I could exert […]

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Thank you, Jonny Harris…

Just when you need it, along comes Jonny Harris, trekking through another struggling small Canadian town, introducing you to the people who continue to live there despite the rough patches, and offering all of us, along the way, a huge dose of courage and hope. Hubby and I are great fans of the CBC series […]

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It’s the little things

I don’t pretend to have any brilliant insights to offer in our “situation,” except to say that we are all frightened, we are all angry, we all feel isolated. I would hope not only for faith and hope, but that we are all able to acknowledge our gratitude for the big things—shelter, food, family, and […]

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Making the most of stems and scraps

Note: Not long ago, my blogger colleague da-AL graciously invited me to do a guest post for her Happiness Between Tails. If you’ve never read her blog, check it out—she’s a vibrant, talented, and generous writer. The following is a collaboration with my daughter Emily. We hope you find it helpful! This Mama Bear just […]

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Time for a Hallmark Christmas movie

And just to update… a wish fulfilled. The marathon starts at noon today! And there was the headline I’d been waiting for: Hallmark will air Christmas movie marathon during coronavirus quarantine Our local paper printed this today as a “report” from another publication. I couldn’t verify it on the Hallmark website, but ironically, just yesterday […]

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‘Good old days’

We recently learned that the old-fashioned hardware store in our nearest little town is closing. It’s “aged out, ” I’m afraid, as countless suburbanites in the housing developments ringing the town go to one of the big box stores or buy what they need online. Most are too young to remember the curious pleasure of […]

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Good day, Sunshine…

I never expected to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, or any other blogging award, even though I’m delighted when other bloggers receive recognition. I’ve built my blog very slowly, grateful for every single “follow,” but more intent on the joy of writing than on pushing hard or promotion. However, I was quite delighted […]

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20th Century hair

February 5 is my mother Sylvia’s birthday. Usually, I keep these very personal anniversaries to myself, but the other day, as I was going through some old photos, I realized that they reflected virtually every significant hair style from the first half of the 20th Century. Fittingly, Mommy worked her way through beauty school and […]

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Bye, bye Bootie!

Okay, that’s a joke that only Broadway musical fans of a certain age may get. Or the film that followed. Still, I couldn’t resist. After three weeks, I’ve been liberated from the boot whose daunting purpose was to heal my heel. Homonym lesson, anyone? You learn a lot when you can’t drive, safely climb stairs, […]

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