Author Archives: maryannniemczura

Flying Off Today!

Time for a visit South to spend lovely time with family.  Our son and his wife await me for a brief visit filled with hugs. Mr. & Mrs. Parrot and beautiful flowers are courtesy of my niece in Costa Rica, … Continue reading

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Time to Kick Back!

Now that the work is done, it’s time for the inviting bench near the beach. Sitting and relaxing, I watch the sunset and listen to the ocean and birds in the early evening. Stress flows from me and takes flight … Continue reading

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you, Annika Perry (, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This  is a peer appreciation award given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.  What a lovely honor!  I … Continue reading

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The Language of Silence

Resigned and with a heavy heart, I sang at Joe’s funeral today. Tears welled up as the family placed hands on his casket. I surrendered to the moment, yet found courage. My faith sustained me. At such times, I realize … Continue reading

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How We Met

Intriguing how people meet their life partners and choose to marry. Luck and chance are sometimes involved. Or fate? Some choose to marry high school sweethearts. Not in the cards for me. I was in graduate school and teaching at … Continue reading

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Making Bread by Hand!

Year six of 4-H foods was making yeast bread from scratch by hand. Dad watched me as I kneaded the dough, pushing it four times with the base of my hand and finally rotating it quarter turn. Sometimes I added … Continue reading

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New Days as a German Instructor

Holding books and papers in my arms, enough for a class of thirty new students, I entered the classroom, wide grin on my face and eyes sparkling. I began the new quarter as I was accustomed: speaking only in German, … Continue reading

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