Mary Jo Shannon

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...

Change – The One Thing That Is Constant

Nature is rapidly reclaiming the area where our garden flourished only five years ago. Although...

Patience Is A Virtue

 “Patience is a virtue; possess it if you can. Seldom found in woman; never found in...

Our Very Adventuresome Sarah

On  August 17th our granddaughter, Sarah Davis will be married in Helsinki, Finland. Only her...

What Makes A Happy Birthday?

Husband Harry says birthdays do not mean that much to him. It’s just another day...

The Miracle of Roanoke’s “Lost Boys” of Sudan

Eight years ago members of my church, Raleigh Court Presbyterian, noticed tall, lanky young black men walking along Grandin Road. Upon learning they were...

When I Changed Sides In Politics

Political debate has never appealed to me. I dislike conflict and hesitate to engage in discussions where opinions are at odds. I would not...