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Family and Immigrants

FAMILY AND IMMIGRANTS     Today is my mother’s 105th birthday. Born in 1914, she is the child of immigrant parents. Her mother came to the United States with her family from a mountain village in northern Italy. Her father, a native of Cornwall, England,...

Facing Fear

What do you fear most? Failure Ridicule Rejection The dark Snakes or spiders, or both Dealing with the past Death Something else Although there are persons we may call fearless, most people fear something. Often fear is healthy because it keeps us out of trouble. For...

Do You Follow the Plans?

While working on a current sewing project, I discovered I had not followed the instructions correctly. I had to remove some stitches and insert some steps I had missed before. This wasn’t a major problem, but it took time and patience to correct it. If I hadn’t made...

Seeking Answers

  Do You Have Questions Left Unanswered? Not knowing often makes life more difficult. We seek the answers to our questions about life, questions about loss, disaster, misfortune, or illness. Finding the answers may help us process life’s challenges, sorrow, and...

Family Musings

Summer—a time for picnics, vacations, and family reunions. I enjoy attending family reunions because it’s the only time I connect with some of my relatives, and I like being with family. I must confess, however, as each new generation appears, I lose track of who...

Roots That Run Deep

If you enjoy having plants in your home, as I do, you know they have basic needs: light, moisture, food, air, and heat. The plant variety determines how much of each it needs. Although there are plants that grow without soil, such as air plants, most plants need soil...