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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

As the senior members of our extended family, we’re the ones to begin a feast with a blessing.  It’s easy to be thankful for all those sharing the meal with us, the food on the table, the multiple cooks who prepared it,  Outside our home, there are too many negatives, too many hurting people, too many environmental and personal disasters.  We’re thankful for a reminder of the positives:  Now approaches the day set aside to giving thanks. I’m grateful for…

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A Desk like the Culebra Cut

A Desk like the Culebra Cut

“The most uncanny of all effects, however, was the rising of the floor of the Cut.  Not merely would the walls of the canal come crashing down, but the bottom would rise ten, fifteen, even thirty feet in the air, often quite dramatically.”

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

We watched the harvest moon rise above the horizon tonight, huge, beautiful–the color of a ripe apricot. The moon, coming up full when harvest in some parts of the country is in full swing, used to allow an extra-long work day when a few more hours of picking, plucking, or cutting could make the difference between full stomachs and growling stomachs by the time new crops came up in the spring. Also, as I learned tonight from a cnet.com, is…

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Let’s Go…

Let’s Go…

“My heavenly home is bright and fair; I feel like traveling on.”   Right now we feel like traveling on, and on the way we want to see as much of this fascinating earth as we have time for.  So we’ve sent for brochures, noted sites on the Internet, googled routes and campgrounds…

How to Entertain a Pre-Teen

How to Entertain a Pre-Teen

After a week’s excitement—the train, Los Angeles, Boron, the County Fair—how do elderly grandparents, one undergoing a series of medical treatments, 20 miles out of town (except for those 50-mile round trips to a clinic), with no TV and no nearby children, entertain an 11-year-old for a week or two? Our first recourse was arts and crafts; Grandma and Ruthie used markers, stamps, paints and stencils to make greeting cards. Grandma discovered that Ruthie’s handwriting is neater and took advantage…

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Inspector Velvet

Inspector Velvet

We’re finally adding a garage, including laundry facilities and the second bathroom.   The frame went up this week and has been thoroughly inspected by our cat…

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