Author Archives: maryannniemczura

A Birthday Prayer

My tall, dark handsome husband and father is a pearl of great value. This Sunday is his birthday. I will say a prayer of gratitude that we met all those many moons ago and found each other, married and had … Continue reading

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Safe and Sound in Frigid Temperatures

Silence, snow and wind chills. Schools closed, bitter temperatures, no traffic. Dangerous wind chills keep children indoors. Grateful for the kindness of neighbors and strangers who plowed our daughter’s driveway during the blizzard. Caring people who look out for others. … Continue reading

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Family Rituals, Traditions and Education

Nurtured in us at an early age was the love of God, family and the importance of education. We were also gifted piano lessons and practice was a given.  We never questioned any of it but simply did as we … Continue reading

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The Beauty of December

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 catch the snowflakes. Building snowmen … Continue reading

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Kösingen, Germany: Oscar Mayer’s Village

During our first Fulbright year, our son’s first grade class made several class field trips  in picturesque Kösingen, Germany, home to Oscar Mayer before he came to the U.S. It was not unusual for them to walk one mile or … Continue reading

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Stroll Along my Musical Journey!

Singing in church choirs and private voice lessons led me down the path to my latest musical adventures: Syracuse Chorale and the Pops Chorus. My musical tastes now satisfied, I study and sing both classical and light Pops. This year … Continue reading

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Remembering Advent in a German Village

Today’s blog recalls an earlier era when our children were young and living in a magical German village during my first Fulbright year. They counted down the days until December 25 with Advent calendars and put a BIG shoe outside … Continue reading

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