Category Archives: traditions

Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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Changes, But Not All for the Worse

So, in the time of COVID, how will our holidays be different? I can imagine that it has touched all of your celebrations, but take heart, with a story below.  If you need to be uplifted, feel free to skip … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Jennifer Girardin

I met today’s guest online and was captivated by her varied and beautiful posts. Jennifer Girardin is the author of the Moriston House British Mystery Series, and many of her posts reflect that life. Welcome, Jennifer! Your posts are often … Continue reading

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Guest Tim Germain and “The Customs of Christmas”

Today, I bring you something interesting for the the beginning of the holiday season, as many people are starting their Christmas celebrations early this year. I also believe that with so many writers reading this blog, and Christmas being a … Continue reading

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If the Boot Fits…

This week we have been re-imagining fairy tales. Most of the fairy-tale known widely in America are originally German, because of the Grimm Brothers, who traveled throughout their part of Europe collecting, and then publishing, folk stories. There are many … Continue reading

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Get Ready For Spring

“What do you do to welcome/get ready for spring?” Like for everyone else, things are a bit different this year, due to the novel Covid virus. But here is what hasn’t changed. I’m cleaning out closets, getting rid of clothes … Continue reading

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Travels With My Family

When on a trip (either a long vacation or a day trip) how do you occupy the travel time, or keep the kids occupied? With kids, it is a little different. When my kids were under 8-10, we lived in … Continue reading

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Dressing for the Occasion

I posed this week’s question: “Do you dress in any particular color or style for holidays or special days?” I believe that I was misunderstood by some. I did not meant to ask about ‘dressing-up’ for holidays. I wondered if … Continue reading

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Oh, Yes, I Would

The question today is whether or not I’d ever do acupuncture. The short answer is yes. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it if necessary.  I knew what acupuncture was, but one day I saw a documentary set in China. A … Continue reading

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Overheard, But Not Remembered

“Have you overheard a conversation and added it in some way to a story?” Apparently, this was a suggestion of mine and again, one that I wish I had made notations about when I thought it up. I cannot think … Continue reading

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