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In Praise and Gratitude

For eyes that see and ears that hear, For family and friends far and near, I sing praises and blow a kiss. Permit me to reminisce: For countless hours of practice, I am grateful to sing in choral groups. Shakespeare … 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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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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The Scrubs Are Just a Cover!

    Last week we were graced with a visit from our traveling nurse daughter who wanted to help celebrate Mother’s Day early. As we visited, talked and caught up with her life and doings, I was most impressed with … Continue reading

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It’s All in the Detail!

After waiting what seemed an inordinate amount of time, I phoned the roofers at lunch time. Imagine my surprise when they told me they had been to our house and had measured for the new roof to be installed! We … Continue reading

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Eyes in the Back of my Head

Young children sometimes think their parents and teachers have a super power, a way of knowing and seeing things even when their backs are turned. Using humor, they explain to children that they have these eyes in the back of … 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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Childhood Freedom

Recent media accounts of a couple in Maryland prompted me to write this week about the freedom and pleasure of childhood play. I was fortunate to start my early childhood years in rural Massachusetts in and around the Springfield, Palmer … Continue reading

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Quick thinking…

As part of being a teacher, parent and a mother, I have grown accustomed to “assuming blame” when something has been misplaced or heaven forbid moved somewhere such as sweaters or a sock. Even my husband claims he put in … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2015!

A new year promises new beginnings and these things I wish for family and friends, both near and far away: health to enjoy your days in comfort love of family and friends beauty of nature and its changing wonders wisdom … Continue reading

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