Reaching back to the carefree innocence of the past

October 11, 2021
Isn't this an eye-catching image? What I love most is the sense of carefree ease it conveys to me, at a time I really long for that kind of carefree innocence. That's...

What do we do with our stuff…& our nostalgia?

June 27, 2019
I've tried to stay as far away as possible from Marie Kondo's book on organizing, even though I badly need help. My brain just does not think in an organized way and...

The difficulty of being human

January 17, 2017
A week after I watched his documentary, The Last Man on the Moon, and days after I saw the film, Hidden Figures, astronaut Gene Cernan died. I'm having a hard time...

The whisper of cottonwoods

January 3, 2017
When I heard the late Debbie Reynolds singing Tammy on the radio the other day, I felt something visceral in her wistful rendition, a heart-breaking nostalgia...


August 16, 2016
I was watching a documentary the other day about something that happened more than 80 years ago. Looking at the faces of the people in the program I saw an innocence and...

Lost places of our past

February 19, 2016
On the phone with one of our nephews the other day I was hit hard by hiraeth, a form of homesickness that I couldn't put words to until I ran into this word. Hiraeth....

In the future, remembering days past

May 15, 2015
It was 1967 and I was 16 years old when I heard the opening lines of Nights in White Satin. And then, the heavily orchestrated music of the Moody Blues began: Nights...

How do you see this generational difference?

May 5, 2015
Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation is dying off, I'm sad to say. My parents were members and as I look at photographs of them pre- and post-World War II, I'm fascinated...

Love those who treat you right…

April 15, 2015
Love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don't. I'd make a tweak in that "Love the people who treat you right."   I'd say "Love everyone. But...

A life in refrigerator magnets

March 16, 2015
Oh, I know, I know. We are supposed to keep our refrigerators clutter-free so that our kitchen looks organized. Maybe a few family photos, but that's it. But that's NOT...

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