Author Archives: maryannniemczura

Amusing Signs

Just hopping over to say hello once again. Signs are sometimes amusing to read.  In Virginia on bridges, there are signs saying  “no crabbing from the bridges.” Word play and word meanings came to mind.   So, I could “crab” or … Continue reading

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Slow and Steady

 Like the turtle in the road as our daughter jogged, I recall the saying: slow and steady wins the race. We took a break from our usual routines these past two weeks.  We visited our daughter on Long Island.  Sights, … Continue reading

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Mother Nature’s Calendar

The calendar said it was the first day of Autumn this week.  Signs abound in our neck of the woods. Colorful leaves on the neighbor’s sugar maple. Buds are about to open on our Montauk daisies. Apples keep falling off … Continue reading

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Mary Ann Appleseed

  Growing up, I heard the familiar legend of Johnny Appleseed.  With two apple trees of our own now, I am reminded of the tale.  I don’t recall Johnny speaking of apple thieves.  We have the four-legged and two-legged variety.  … Continue reading

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How Was School Today?

After sitting down to dinner with my parents at either head of the table, our Dad would ask this question after we finished saying Grace together before our shared meal.  Memories flooded my mind as I observed how silent our … Continue reading

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Our Valued Friends

Cedric and David are our friends. On Mondays. we wave to one another, greet one another and exchange pleasantries.  If we are perchance not home, David will bring the blue bins up to the door.  These are our sanitation engineers … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Teacher

Difficult as it is to recall the names of teachers, Mrs. Hughes was my ninth grade English teacher. In her class, I discerned that I wanted to be a teacher. From her I learned kindness and compassion. From her I … Continue reading

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Our weather has been a mixed bag this growing season.  Abundant sun.  Heavy rain showers.  Not our normal fare.  But who knows what is normal with the weather?  Now we need to find recipes to prepare the tomatoes. Lots of … Continue reading

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Beauty Before Comfort?

Sighing at some of my clothing and shoes, my mother’s mantra was always comfort before beauty.  What teen or young woman wants to heed that advice?  Not I when I was young. Did I learn my lesson during my student … Continue reading

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Your Preference?

When it comes to greeting cards and notes, what do you prefer?  Handwritten in cursive? An eCard, a blank card or one with verses inside?   Personalize or simply write your name? For me, it depends upon the occasion and the … Continue reading

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