Category Archives: holidays

The Hundredth Anniversary of the Ballard Locks

 My sister lives nearby, so I’ve been to the Ballard Locks dozens of times. Usually we walk through her neighborhood and down the hill. Then we join the crowd of gawkers standing around, watching boats arrange themselves inside one of … Continue reading

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A Certain Kind of Soldier

(This post was first published more than three years ago. I think Memorial Day weekend is an excellent time to revisit these two remarkable men, my dad and my father-in-law.) Two Veterans of WWII My dad was a gentle man, … Continue reading

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Easter Then and Now

Back then, I wore a new dress every Easter. I usually had a new hat too and sometimes a new lightweight matching jacket. We called it a duster. (I was in eighth grade in this photo, out in the backyard … Continue reading

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2017, the Year of the Rooster.

 The Year of the Monkey is drawing to a close. On January 28, we’ll enter the Year of the Rooster, sometimes called the Year of the Cock. (Funny, they never call it the Year of the Hen.) As the previous … Continue reading

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Mall Shopping on a Saturday before Christmas

“You’re not going shopping tomorrow, are you?” My hairdresser swung the scissors away from my head and gave an open-mouthed look of incomprehension to our reflections in the mirror. “Not the best plan,” I admitted. Sure enough, when I left … Continue reading

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Whoops! I Missed UN Day.

United Nations Day was October 24. I’d forgotten all about it until I turn the page on my calendar. And there it was: UN Day. For many years–thirteen to be exact–it had been the biggest school celebration for my three … Continue reading

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The True Story of a Foreign Ghost in a Chinese Cemetery.

We’re fast approaching that time of year when souls and saints appear. A time for recalling and repeating tales of the unexplained. So come along, I invite you to revisit this true tale of a little boy who encounters a … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: Flowers for Departed Loved Ones

At the start of the Memorial Day weekend, I bought some flowers and drove the four miles to my husband’s grave. Eugene is buried in a beautiful park-like cemetery with trees and grassy slopes and a view of a small … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day … and Being Good Enough

  Mother’s Day cards can be a bit over the top. Have you noticed? Mom is wonderful, they declare in letters embellished with flowers, butterflies, and cute little birds. She’s amazing, the best mother anyone could wish for. Furthermore, she … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to My Irish Grandma?

Two weeks ago I wrote about my Grandma Rose, the grandmother who lived just across town and was good at everything she tried. Today, in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. I’d like to write about my Irish grandmother, Norah. With … Continue reading

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