Category Archives: inspirational people

Women Veterans

“What book changed how you see the world and why?” My first thought is: “What book hasn’t? I have had many arguments with non-fiction-only readers who say that novels, poetry, etc. are a waste of time and don’t enrich your … Continue reading

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Sister, Staff, and Strong Drink

The past week or so has been a really busy, an unfortunately busy, one for me. I had to take The Sister, who is never really ill, to the hospital; I stayed up all night there with her, then they … Continue reading

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“Picture” This

“Do you dream often? Do you remember your dreams?” I dream all the time. I used to remember my convoluted dreams in detail and relate them to the long-suffering Husband, who would shake his head. (He almost never remembers his dreams … Continue reading

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The Man/Woman/Kids Who Came to Dinner

I posed this question:If there was a weather-related reason that you had unexpected guests stranded at your house, how would you keep them entertained? What would you do if the electricity was also down? I was delighted to see how … Continue reading

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Something New

I have always had to learn something new. I’ve read all of my life, or insisted on being read-to, and learned all the time through that medium. When I was 4, we moved from an apartment building on one side … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Mr. Ed

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “Who is the person (besides your parents) who had the biggest impact on your life?” I’ve often acknowledged the many excellent teachers who have shaped my life, from elementary grades through graduate school. There have been … Continue reading

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An Absolute Favorite Book of Mine

When we discussed books that were introduced to because of our children and grandchildren, I had more than enough to mention, so I omitted one.Actually, I found it by myself because it had the seal of the Newberry Award on … Continue reading

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Short Affirmation

We had covered our favorite books from our childhoods in several posts. We will be discussing books to which we have been introduced by our kid children and grandchildren soon, because when I thought of the topic, my colleagues here … Continue reading

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Not Written in Stone

“Has anything about your writing routine changed since you first began?” Oh, gosh, yes. When I decided that I was going to seriously get into writing, it was mostly non-fiction. Just getting my thoughts, research, and facts in order was … Continue reading

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I Talk to the Trees

Or, rather, the Family Tree, since we were asked this week: “Is there a certain ancestor that you wish you could travel back in time to spend a year with? What do you hope to learn? Why that relative?”  Tough … Continue reading

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