One of my favorite antique finds this year were these vintage periodicals, delicate pieces of history. The Farmer’s Wife is from 1935 (1905-1939), and The Housekeeper: A Journal of Domestic Economy is from 1885! To get an idea of who these were written to, it helps to read current event summaries from the years 1935 and the late 1880′s.
Looking for some good reads this year? Here are 7 I’d recommend (along with some links to make it easy to find them): [Read more...]
I used to love getting a handwritten note with my Christmas cards. News of the year from loved ones, noting celebrations and challenges.
Then came the Christmas letter. Typed and copied, but still better than what followed…a stamped name. Not even a personal signature. I am always confused about what type of message this is meant to send to the receiver?
We joke about the letters; I hear it all the time. They can come off as show-offy and smug. It seems people grow tired of glowing lists of our children’s attributes (but no flaws) and endless vacation photos (while others can’t pay the electric bills).
Sometimes the letters are funny and clever. One year my friend Tiffany’s made me snort with laughter. She told the truth. Snippets of life story ended with, “oh yeah…that wasn’t fun either” honesty. Best Christmas letter I ever read.
As we continued to move we started the letters ourselves, mainly out of genuine desire to keep people updated on our crazy adventures of life choices and changes.
This year, we are back to simple cards. Hand signed. It was fun, mostly. We are human of course, and everyone had different ideas about streamlining that got a bit snarky here and there. I didn’t think a letter was necessary, after all…we didn’t move this year!
It occurred to me though, there were important things to reflect on, things to share with you as I ponder their importance myself.
Here is a short list of events and circumstances -
- My biological father died. We hadn’t seen each other face to face in 24 years. We didn’t cross the walls we built. And I am left with a lesson, think carefully about the reasons you have for times like these. Will they comfort you in the end? Mine don’t, I hope to not make that mistake again [Read more...]
*** From the archives, since I know many will be in need of extra encouragement during the holiday season
No one dreams of being broke when you grow up.
There are so many suffering with money related problems. There is crushing poverty and destitution. Countless without work.. The spectrum of broke ranges broadly, but today let’s zoom in on the mental anguish of money running out before the paycheck clears the bank.
When there is that deep dread that settles in the stomach, as the realization that it isn’t enough seizes us with fear.
In our situation, we have ALWAYS just made it. [Read more...]
When I have an idea, adrenaline kicks in and I am ready to run.
Have you ever been to a horse race? The tension in the air is palpable. Lined up at the gate, they are ready to race.
I feel like a racehorse at the starting gate. Ideas steadily building up adrenaline, antsy and ready to feel the victory of a completed challenge.
Sometimes though, it would be better to spend a few more minutes training before the sprint. [Read more...]
Sometimes we read words that stop us cold, demand reflection, make us tear up with the honesty of the piece. That is what Janelle Ross does for me. She graciously allowed me to share this post with you from her blog My Men and Me. I do hope you will pay her a visit. Welcome Janelle…
Just because I write about it doesn’t mean I think I’m better at it.
You know that, right?
Because, if I was any good at it (life? parenting? everything?) I wouldn’t make so many mistakes.
Like getting a few kilometres down the highway on my way to Monday’s Remembrance Day service, only to have the vehicle begin her I’m-almost-out-of-fuel convulsions, requiring me to turn around and hiccup my way home on fumes and prayer.
Like forgetting my sister’s birthday, that time she was visiting me for a few days, and only remembering after she’d left. [Read more...]
Happy Anniversary. Ours, I should say. Yours and mine.
During an impulsive moment last year, I signed up for an online writing course called TribeWriters (my affiliate link) taught by Jeff Goins. It changed my life.
That does sound dramatic and overstated, even bordering on advertising cliché.
It also happens to be true.
My blog just celebrated its 5th anniversary. What was started just to keep family and friends up to date on our life morphed into something more. Something profoundly personal and beautiful.
The first few years were sporadic. Earnestly studying the craft of writing and dreaming of publication did not include time for blog writing. That hardly felt like writing at all. It was just random thoughts or ideas. No structure, no purpose. Not really…
When I started this class, I wasn’t entirely sure it would be relevant to me. Money was tight; I had just enough to pay the fee with only small change left over. Less than a dollar.
It was a risk.
An investment. In me. Turns out that my writing was worth the gamble. [Read more...]
What do you see while passing a sign? An advertisement, yes. Look closer and the clues tell us more. These are all taken around Midwest small towns.
Some are reminders of what was, and some are vibrant testaments to enduring local pride.
I have to ask, however, is there still a big need when booking a motel to see if there is color TV? [Read more...]