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Homage to Uncle Joe

  As we celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, I wanted to pay homage to one of my father’s brothers, my Uncle Joe. He was one of six surviving children after his father was killed while felling trees.  My father was … Continue reading

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5 Lessons My Father Taught Me

1. Look it up! 2. Do it yourself! 3. Work hard! 4. Be curious! 5. Challenge yourself! 1)There were books, encyclopedias, and dictionaries in my house growing up. When I or my sisters had a question, we were told to … Continue reading

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Education – Then and Now

The Principal of my mother’s high school in Massachusetts was also a teacher. What a novel idea for today’s schools. After being assigned a mandatory study hall in high school, my mother was dismayed until she discovered her Principal also … Continue reading

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July 4th Traditions

Family, friends, faith, food, flying the flag and fireworks create memorable traditions this July 4th. Neighbors are out relaxing, playing, taking walks and cooking outdoors. Everyone stops to reflect on this country and on those who went before us and … Continue reading

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Auf Wiedersehen, Until Next Time

The German expression auf Wiedersehen seems less final than goodbye in English which implies forever or farewell. The German appears hopeful and means until we see one another again. At the conclusion of both Fulbright experiences in Germany, the Director … Continue reading

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Treasure the Gifts of the Past

With flowers, trees, birds and bees in full bloom now and bustling activity, I reflect this Memorial Day Weekend on family and especially those who have served in the military. Each year my husband puts up hanging flower baskets on … Continue reading

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Languages Reveal Cultures

As a German language educator for some forty-eight years now, I am still intrigued with languages and words and recall as a young girl in Massachusetts how we used certain words for everyday things. When I was ten and moved … Continue reading

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