Family, Family Matters, Friendship

Gratitude: For Michael, And Why I’ll Still Be Here A Week From Now

I originally published the following post on Ricochet, on November 4, 2016, five days before the election that put Donald Trump in the White House.  It would have been my stepson Michael's forty-ninth birthday.  Tomorrow, November 4, 2020, would have been birthday number fifty-three. Please don't wait to hug the people you love, and don't… Continue reading Gratitude: For Michael, And Why I’ll Still Be Here A Week From Now

Culture, Family Matters, Friendship, History, Nature

The Yankee Gale

“The Third of October, 1851, brought perhaps the greatest marine disaster in [Prince Edward Island] history. The afternoon was warm and still…the sky heavily clouded. The north and north west had a lurid, glassy appearance about sunset. It was a Friday, perhaps the best remembered Friday in P.E.I. history. A violent gale and wind arose… Continue reading The Yankee Gale

Family, Family Matters, History, War

Commemorating “Battle of Britain Day.” And my Auntie Betty (1912-2014)

I was reminded, via a post on Ricochet, that today (September 15) is "Battle of Britain Day,"  The post is currently behind the member paywall.  If it's promoted to the public feed, I'll add a link. UPDATE: The post was promoted to the public feed.  Link is here. This is the story of Auntie Betty,… Continue reading Commemorating “Battle of Britain Day.” And my Auntie Betty (1912-2014)

Crafts, Family, Family Matters

Occasional Quote of the Day: On Whining and Deafness

Two years ago this October, I had the very great pleasure of driving to Armagh, PA, a tiny little town in farming country about one-hundred miles East of us, in West-Central PA, where Mr. Right, my stepdaughter Jenny, our granddaughter and I had lunch at Griffith’s Tavern, a nice little diner of the “hot meatloaf… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: On Whining and Deafness

Family, Family Matters, Food and Drink, Humor

Food and Drink Post: Restaurant Memories

Ah, but not in the way you’re thinking, although I’d love to hear about the most expensive/best/worst meal you’ve ever eaten when you were dining out. Remember that? I do, and I miss it, even though my family’s endeavors in that area rarely approached the exorbitant, the world-class, or even the gourmet. (One startling exception… Continue reading Food and Drink Post: Restaurant Memories

Family, Family Matters, Knitting, Love

“G” is for . . .

Yes, that’s right. I’m a proud grandmother. On top of that, I’m an avid knitter. Now, I know exactly what a few of you (you know who you are) are thinking. Something along these lines, I’ll bet: Amirite? The more charitable among you might be going more in this direction: This formidable-looking lady is actually Grace Coolidge,… Continue reading “G” is for . . .

Family, Family Matters, Farming, History, Literature, Religion

In Praise of Proverbs 31

RWKJ's note:  Please forgive me for republishing this oldie but goodie.  The sentiments expressed, as they relate to the obligations, permanency, and sacredness of the marital compact between a man and a woman, are close to my heart, especially at the moment.  I was lucky enough to be married to a man who was secure… Continue reading In Praise of Proverbs 31

Family, Family Matters, History, Military

Occasional Quote of the Day–“Fear God, Honour the King”

When my father, who was quite a colorful character, died in 2007, he was the subject of several obituaries in the UK. This one, from the local newspaper, is my favorite because it’s the most personal and tells the most stories. Most of them referred to a verse from 1 Peter 2:17, which Dad, who considered himself an… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day–“Fear God, Honour the King”

Family, Family Matters, Friendship, Love

Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes

Into each life, some rain must fall. But not into ours. Our lives are where the garbage is delivered. — Jenny Ever have one of those days, weeks, months, years, decades, when it seems as though almost nothing is going right? When the odds seem stacked against you? When, no matter how much joy the… Continue reading Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes