Author Archives: maryannniemczura

The Great American Recipe

Ingredients: American flag The National Anthem America the Beautiful parades music family, friends, love grill hot dogs & hamburgers apple pie ice cream lemonade watch fireworks Add the first two ingredients. Salute the flag and sing the National Anthem: The … Continue reading

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Oops! With Love and Humor!

  The new quarter at the university meant new classrooms. As a German professor, I was accustomed to welcoming students speaking in German. With an armload of books and papers, I entered the room, put my belongings on the empty … Continue reading

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An Ode to Dad

   He’s a pearl of great value my mother said. She was right. Lucky to have married him, the father of our two children. We love him. He’s patient and kind. He listens even when the topic is difficult. He … Continue reading

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Time for a Nap

Gentle, chinook breezes blow as nature’s creatures are busy. The humans are as well. Progress has been made on the new bird house. Some days, long lengths of grass for nests hang as we note a beak or two pulling … Continue reading

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Basking in the Warmth

The decorative stones in our garden beds are home to more than shrubs and flowers. After several days of heat followed by rain, the azaleas popped with radiant colors.   Our home in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, featured a stone wall fashioned … Continue reading

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Five Brothers, One Family

As we recall this Memorial Day all the sacrifices made, we are grateful as a country for our liberty. We visit cemeteries, march in parades, fly the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing our National Anthem. We are … Continue reading

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Let That Be Our Secret!

Wanted to be in nature so a walk in our village park fit the bill. Sights and sounds galore. The clock rang the hour followed by carillon music. Park benches near the water fountain beckoned. My eyes and ears were … Continue reading

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Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue

Sometimes my mother played some favorite tunes on the piano after dinner all the while singing along to the songs. My father frequently sang along. These two lovebirds sang to one another.     My Dad frequently touched my Mom’s shoulders … Continue reading

Posted in birthday, Charleston, Dixieland Jazz, Five Foot Two, Jitterbug, love, music and dance, piano playing, singing | Tagged , , , , , , | 30 Comments

The Backward Clock

A former colleague made a backward clock much like the ones used in barbershops which were not backward when looking in the mirror. Such a clock   hangs on our kitchen wall. A conversation piece. When I put new batteries … Continue reading

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The Gray Bushy Tails

  Advancing stealth-like, clad in gray the troops swiftly covered the territory. Now on the border between our properties. Ultimate goal this mission: the prize hanging from the fir tree. Gray bushy tails whipped in frenzy pausing momentarily to gaze … Continue reading

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