We have had our tree up for a few weeks now. My daughters did the decorating. They enjoy pulling out the ornaments from past years and asking me about them. It was fun to see some of the ones I had forgotten about. It was also nice to remember the person who had given me... Continue Reading →

The Drive Home

Being afraid is exhilarating. I had just dashed up the carpeted stairs of our hundred-year-old house, pushing the laundry chute closed as I passed. I made it to my purple room and crashed into my dresser. I began scooping up all of the contents, throwing them into my small My Little Pony suitcase. I could... Continue Reading →

Rest in Peace, Madge

Last week on September 16, my paternal grandmother, Madge Lorene Carmack Thompson, died in a hospital in Missouri, surrounded by her sons. She was 78 years old and had been battling cancer. I had the opportunity to attend her memorial service in Missouri on Sunday. As I perused the display my father had set up... Continue Reading →

My Favorite (And Least Favorite) Words

I can’t exactly explain why, but certain words appeal to me and others don’t. It seems a silly thing to parse out favorite and least favorite words, as if they are colors or architectural styles. But perhaps they are. Words can be delicious, so I share some of my likes and dislikes with you today.... Continue Reading →

Christmas Through the 1980s

I'm still feeling nostalgic, so I thought it would be fun to look back over the Christmases I enjoyed as a child.  Here's a look at my first ten Christmases.  Do you recognize any of the toys? Christmas 1980.  What a beautiful Pampers box!  It's vintage. Christmas 1981.  I don't remember that little three-wheeled bike... Continue Reading →

I Googled My Childhood Home

This time of year always causes me to feel nostalgia, especially for my childhood in California.  I lived in the Bay Area for my early elementary school years, and, to me, it seems like a magical place.  I often fantasize about moving back there, but one look at the housing prices dashes any hopes of... Continue Reading →

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