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Merger Of The Finn And The American

Merger Of The Finn And The American

That’s what my new grandson-in-law, Tero Ronkainen, entitled the PowerPoint presentation he gave in lieu of a speech at the reaffirmation of his wedding vows in Richmond on August 31st. Recently I wrote a column about Sarah, my adventurous granddaughter who chose Finland for study abroad the first semester of her sophomore year at UNC-Greensboro. […]

Change – The One Thing That Is Constant

Change – The One Thing That Is Constant

Nature is rapidly reclaiming the area where our garden flourished only five years ago. Although we enjoyed gardening, climbing those eighteen steep stone steps from our back yard to the terraced beds has proved more than we can manage. We decided to plant a few tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in pots on the lower level. […]

Patience Is A Virtue

Patience Is A Virtue

 “Patience is a virtue; possess it if you can. Seldom found in woman; never found in man.” Whether or not you agree with this anonymous verse, most of us would agree that patience — or lack of it – plays an important role in our well-being. Waiting patiently was difficult in Bible times – numerous psalms […]

Our Very Adventuresome Sarah

Our Very Adventuresome Sarah

On  August 17th our granddaughter, Sarah Davis will be married in Helsinki, Finland. Only her parents, and her sister her husband will make the trip across the ocean for the nuptials. Later, on Labor Day weekend, a reception will be held in Richmond for those of us couldn’t go to the wedding to join them […]

What Makes A Happy Birthday?

What Makes A Happy Birthday?

Husband Harry says birthdays do not mean that much to him. It’s just another day and folks should not waste money buying cards and gifts. Perhaps this is because he grew up during the depression, or it may be because he shies away from being the center of attention. His mother always prepared a special […]

In Praise Of Peonies

In Praise Of Peonies

Few cut flowers surpass peonies for sheer beauty, and in some varieties, scent. Their voluminous blossoms packed with silken petals make exquisite arrangements. In Asia, where they originated, the peony is a traditional floral symbol for China and is used symbolically in Chinese art. My start of peonies came from my mother-in-law who had grown […]

Kathy’s Big Misunderstanding

Kathy’s Big Misunderstanding

Fifty years ago parents of children with multiple ear infections and sore throats were advised to have the tonsils removed. Since our three easily met these qualifications, I added three tonsillectomies to three cases each of measles, mumps, and chicken pox – one of the negative results of having three children under five! Harry III […]

Sensing The Holiness Of Birth And Death

Sensing The Holiness Of Birth And Death

Birth and death are two experiences common to all human beings – and yet no one can remember either. To be present as an observer at either event is a sacred experience, and I have been privileged to view both. I wrote about the time I helped with the delivery of a baby in one […]

Pet Peeves In The Marketplace

Pet Peeves In The Marketplace

I only shop for myself when the sales are on. I decided long ago that if a garment isn’t in my size, my color, and on sale I won’t buy it. But when I begin to look I often find the racks featuring sizes four through ten are packed with the coolest colors and styles, […]

Potatoes, Pears And Practical Lessons

Potatoes, Pears And Practical Lessons

In Augusta County a large limestone outcropping on a small triangular plot of land marks the place where U.S. 11 toward Staunton and U.S. 340 to Waynesboro meet.  Each time I drive past it I recall the summer when I was five years old and helped harvest potatoes in that area. For approximately a year […]


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