Monthly Archives: December 2016

Words of Consolation

It is especially sad for anyone to lose a loved one during the holidays. Our daughter is a registered nurse who cares for the sick and dying on a routine basis.  When she was inconsolable caring for a young man … Continue reading

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Through the Eyes of Children

Through the Eyes of Children Our son’s first grade class made several class field trips during our Fulbright year in Kösingen, Germany, home to Oscar Mayer.  It was not unusual for them to walk one mile or more while gathering … Continue reading

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The Ugly Sweater

Growing up in Colorado, I recall my father telling us to get in the car because we were going somewhere. Once it was to a newly opened bank in our neighborhood. They were giving out free tee shirts to each … Continue reading

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The Beauty of December

  Nature’s Sense of Humor Softly, quietly, gently falling snowflakes clothe the earth in beauty. Catching them in our gloved hands to gaze at their shapes is part of the fun. Kids lean their heads back with open mouths to … Continue reading

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Advent in a German Village

  Advent in Germany A time of hope, anticipation. Crisp air outdoors. Candles, lights, wreaths abound. Advent calendars to count down. Small surprises, sweets behind the tiny doors. Shouts of glee at the prizes in little hands. Smells of fir … Continue reading

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