Online Living

Last week I took a 24-hour break from social media. Now for me, this is pretty big. I actively post on three sites and a few others less often. I dream about posting; I dream about having my Facebook page liked or unliked; I dream about gaining Twitter […]


  When she was a child, my grandmother received a locket as a baptism gift. That was in Calumet, Michigan. The family later moved to Hughenden. Then in 1931, my great uncle Elmer died from a ruptured appendix when he was sixteen and my grandma was twenty. By […]

Squabbling Over a Seed

At dinner the other night, my auntie and uncle told me about their recent experience of watching one sparrow brutally kill another. It reminded me of this post I wrote a while back. The backyard was full of twittering birds. All three feeders were full of seed, and […]

The Gift of Home

This is my 12th Christmas season spent living in Grandma’s house. In March of 2005 – 9 years after her passing – I had the opportunity to buy this rundown little bungalow and make it new again. My grandparents, my dad’s folks, built this place the year after […]

Nothing Better

Is there anything better than butter and sugar melting together in a heavy pot? I don’t think so. Of course, this is subjective. Some of you are thinking that there is something better! But for me, these days, nothing is better than butter and sugar together. I love […]

Never Again

When it comes right down to it, no matter what anyone does to us, we’re in control of our own feelings and mostly in control of our actions. Recently I was reminded of a time several years ago when I allowed someone to treat me horribly and I, […]