Tag: Family Stories

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

As a child, I watched my Grandmother stich and sew, employing her hands to good effect creating beautiful and useful hand work. The fruits of her labors … the quilts and pillows and aprons and tablecloths and tea towels and dresses … were woven into the fabric of my life. Some, like the tablecloths, were…

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SMALL STEPS

SMALL STEPS

Our house in Iowa City… the house of my early childhood … had front porch steps, back-porch steps, and a side door stoop.  But in addition, there were what Mom called the sidewalk steps. These were the three small steps leading up from the sidewalk to the front walk. I have since found they are…

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I LEFT IT RIGHT

I LEFT IT RIGHT

Just a heads up … It turns out that as a toddler, I missed the lesson on left and right. As a result … do not act upon any spontaneous directions you might receive from me, unless those directions are reinforced with hand signals, such as tapping on the passenger window while yelling, “Take the…

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I COULD USE A LITTLE HELP HERE

I COULD USE A LITTLE HELP HERE

I could use a little help here! I’m not sure how it happened, but I suddenly find myself in the midst of Christmas. There are only ten days left until after Christmas. Yoicks! How could this happen? Where was I when the memo went out? In the past, I could rely on seeing Christmas decorations…

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On Trains and Childhood Memories

On Trains and Childhood Memories

This is something like the image that I had thought to work up into a painting. It is from a memory of being about five years old, and walking with my brother David, to see the RR tracks that ran behind our house in Iowa City. As I recall, it was just beyond the rhubarb…

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OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

Here’s a thought … Absentmindedness … is it a curse or a blessing? Is it possible absentmindedness is a physiological function that allows us to accomplish tasks without thinking? I just read about how dolphins and whales sleep with only one half of their brains, leaving the other half awake to take care of business.…

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