• Holidays

    Remembrance and Gratitude

    Each Memorial Day there are families across our country with memories of lost loved ones, loved ones who fought and survived, loved ones fighting, and loved ones in training to fight when needed. But what about the rest of us–what do we remember? To pick up the groceries for the cookout? To invite the family over for s’more’s? To watch fireworks displays? Attend a parade? Attend memorial remembrances for the fallen and to honor the service men and women who spent time away from family to fight for our freedoms? In our home, we remember that, between our combined families, there have been family members serving in the Navy during WWI,…

  • Family History,  Memoir,  Memories,  Storytelling,  Writing

    Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…A Very Good Place to Start

    Perhaps the title sounds a bit familiar. The words form a phrase from the song, “Do Re Mi“from The Sound of Music.  When thinking of ways to make my blog focus more memoir-centric, I kept going back to the beginning. My beginning. When I started out in this life. It was 1946. February 10 the day. My parents had agreed on having no more children. Between them, there were already three–my mother’s son and my father’s two daughters–from previous marriages. A short honeymoon in Chattanooga, TN, changed the course of their lives, and I entered the world a little over nine months later. When I was born, my parents were living in…

  • Blog Sites,  Memoir,  Websites,  Writing

    Notice Any Changes? Here’s Why:

    Remember a few weeks ago I talked about the social media and website assessment I had done? If you missed it, here’s a link back to the post. In the website part of her assessment, Frances Caballo of Social Media Just for Writers made several suggestions. Things I’d never thought of as needing help with my website. After studying them, I had to agree with Frances. These were necessary changes. And here are the changes I’ve made since then: Change text and placement of email widget. What I had in place before was an image of my free ebook above the email signup. Frances pointed out the number one focus on…

  • Family History,  Memoir

    Mother’s Day and My Memoir

    Years ago I hated Mother’s Day. The search for a card was the worst. A card that didn’t say: “Mom, you’re the greatest,” “I adore you, Mom,” “Mother, you’re the best ever!” And Hallmark had plenty more I ignored and didn’t buy until I felt guilty. The verses and kudos didn’t fit the mother I had. In fact, sometimes I wished she were dead. Then I’d be free of the abuses, emotional and verbal. But I’m not in charge of life and death choices. Despite my feelings, I always sent flowers and a vanilla card. How could I not? She was my mother. She breathed life into me. Yet she…