Category Archives: blessings

Finding Room to Find Things

The Monday Fox asked: “What’s first on your to-do list for 2023?” Lists are good for me, especially with all that goes on in my life. I used to have a phenomenal memory and never made a grocery list, copy … Continue reading

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Spirits of Christmas Past

The two best Christmas gifts we ever received??? This is a hard one. As I said last week, my mother made my early childhood Christmases magical. Aside from the inevitable doll, nothing really stands out. I remember each of the … Continue reading

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The Gift of Time

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What are the two best Christmas presents you ever received?” My first reaction was “Oh my. This sounds like a version of ‘Who’s your favorite child?’” I stewed about this topic for a good hour, trying … Continue reading

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Christmas, Once Again

“How does/did your family countdown to Christmas? Did/do you have any special family traditions?” Ch-ch-ch-changes! My mother decorated early. We always got a huge Christmas tree, one carefully selected and as close to prefect as possible. Seriously, my generally tight-fisted, … Continue reading

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We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute

(I may have said all of this before, but for once, I am not taking time to check. Bear with me.) I was always opposed to Christmas decorations and Christmas music before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving, but in the last … Continue reading

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Line in the Sand, or Footprints?

“What is the bravest/scariest thing you have ever done?” This is a hard one, as I thought of myself as a coward most of my life. However, I have come to realize that there are a few things that I … Continue reading

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Sleepless in Michigan

Our resident hound asked, “What’s the bravest / scariest thing you’ve ever done?” I had to really puzzle over this one. I’m not a person who likes to take chances, and I avoid things that don’t make me feel safe … Continue reading

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Foxfire

Have you ever read the “Foxfire” books? They started out as a periodical in the late 1960s and by the early 1970s, the articles were compiled into books, as more and more information was gathered. This all came to be … Continue reading

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Despair and Hope: Hope Always Wins

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What book changed how you see the world and why?”  We’ve discussed favorite childhood books, compared books to their on-screen version, and even listed our all-time favorites, but this question really threw me for a loop. … Continue reading

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Gimme a Shot

Looking at the photos on your phone (or camera, if you still use one), what place or type of event do you tend to photograph most often? Honestly, if you look at my phone, you’ll see a lot of unintentional … Continue reading

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