A Month of Gratitude

Happy November! Yes, I'm a smidge late with the greeting. By the time this posts, I'll be close to a week late. What can I say? It's been a rough year. Better late than never. I just wanted to take a quick second and fill you all in on what's going on. November is NaNoWriMo … Continue reading A Month of Gratitude

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A Halloween Blast from the Past

When my kids were young, we went all-out on Halloween. Elaborate costumes, several intricately-carved pumpkins for the porch, every room decorated. Because we lived on a seldom-used road, we didn't get many trick-or-treaters. Instead of buying bags of fun-sized candies, we'd buy one box of large candy bars. Never even gave them all out, but … Continue reading A Halloween Blast from the Past

Hurricanes, Fires, and Remembrance

Today's post won't be about writing. I want to take a second to talk about heroes and American strength and resilience. Wildfires in the west, hurricanes and flooding in the south and east, and the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil. These situations have had me praying non-stop since they happened. Three … Continue reading Hurricanes, Fires, and Remembrance

A Tall Tail… er, Tale

Casey was born in a litter of what was supposed to be red Labradors. (Red is worth more money because it's rare.) Our guy came out white, though, and with a shorter tail than he should have had. Because of this, the breeder labeled him as sub-standard for the litter and discounted him. Turns out, … Continue reading A Tall Tail… er, Tale

In Heartfelt Remembrance

To me, it seems odd to say "Happy Memorial Day" because the loss of any life---even when the sacrifice secures our safety and freedom---is a tragedy. I'm blessed in that many of my family members (and those of my husband) have served this great country, and all of them returned home to us. I currently … Continue reading In Heartfelt Remembrance

It’s the holiday season…

It's Christmas Eve eve. The tree is trimmed, the gifts are wrapped, the cookies are baked. Cards didn't get done again this year, but all told, I can't complain. I got most of the items crossed off my to-do list. One last gift... It's something I can't wrap, but I'm happy to give it to … Continue reading It’s the holiday season…

What I’m Thankful For

When I was young, I hated Thanksgiving. I mean, I loved the time off school, but I felt like I was celebrating a huge deception. The Native Americans saved the European colonists, and in exchange, we took everything from them. Truth be told, it still bothers me. But as I grow older, I grow more … Continue reading What I’m Thankful For

When Traditions Take Over

Well, I haven’t been online since Wednesday (except for a brief check-in here and there and the occasional recipe double-check), but we managed it. Another full family holiday put together with just the four of us. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the importance of keeping up with traditions, I wouldn’t go through the trouble. We … Continue reading When Traditions Take Over

Do You Celebrate National Tartan Day?

Yesterday the US officially celebrated National Tartan Day. It’s observed on April 6 every year in commemoration of the signing of the Scottish Declaration of Independence on April 6, 1320. In the US, we acknowledge it because the Scottish Declaration of Independence was the document upon which we based our own Declaration of Independence, and … Continue reading Do You Celebrate National Tartan Day?

When Everybody’s Irish, And Should Be

by Staci Troilo I’m part Irish, although I know more about my Italian heritage than the other side of my family. But today, I happily claim my Celtic roots. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, one and all! I don’t know much about how my dad’s side of the family celebrated this feast day. I’m pretty sure … Continue reading When Everybody’s Irish, And Should Be