Category: Memoirs

Awesome Support After a Loss

Awesome Support After a Loss

When you lose someone you love, you go through changes that you cannot control. Some part of you goes away for a while, trying to process it.  Some other part tries to maintain the status quo, to “be strong”.  You hold some of yourself in […]

memory-honey (another poem for Dad)

memory-honey (another poem for Dad)

A little bee poem from a grieving and grateful daughter about making Dad-memories into honey.

ten times forever (haiku for Dad)

ten times forever (haiku for Dad)

Haiku for Dad from a grieving and grateful daughter.

Mourning the Loss of My Father and Muse

Mourning the Loss of My Father and Muse

Glover Gardens mourns the loss of patriarch and muse Frank Harvell and shares his obituary.

Fondue Stories for You!

Fondue Stories for You!

An article by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone posted on The Spruce From the Swiss Alps to American suburbs, fondue proves it’s always hip to dip Fondue headlined suburban American theme parties in the 1960s, then pretty quickly fell out of favor, as fads so often do. […]

my days by the water

my days by the water

This rough little poem came spilling out of me as I thought of those halcyon sand-ridden childhood days and so many memories flooded in. Everything seemed so safe, so permanent, so lively-lovely in our tiny town of 600, Gilchrist, Texas.

The Thankful Foreigner: An Award-Winning Essay from a Millennial

The Thankful Foreigner: An Award-Winning Essay from a Millennial

A young American writes an award-winning essay after being thanked by a Frenchman from Normandy for D-Day. The essay is relevant today.

Telling the Story of a Picture

Telling the Story of a Picture

Dad tells the story of a crayon-drawn collector’s item he “earned” from an artist during a 1964 radio interview.

The Chili Bee and Round Top, Texas – A Little Tale of Community, Chili and Small-Town Magic

The Chili Bee and Round Top, Texas – A Little Tale of Community, Chili and Small-Town Magic

A tale of a chili cook-off fundraiser in a tiny Texas town, two friends, five gallons of spilled chili, dozens of kind people and a chance meeting with the governor.

Haiku: Ode to My Christmas Tree

Haiku: Ode to My Christmas Tree

Decorating a Christmas tree and talking about the ornaments is a family’s oral history. This haiku celebrates the tree.

Cooking with Friends: A Root Vegetable Christmas Memory

Cooking with Friends: A Root Vegetable Christmas Memory

Wine Spectator provides a perfect “cooking with friends” menu with duck and root vegetables. Try this at home with friends.

A Hurricane Rita Story: No One Understands a Mom Like Another Mom

A Hurricane Rita Story: No One Understands a Mom Like Another Mom

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m reposting this little story about my adventures with another mom during a time of uncertainty.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there, and if you have small children, my wish for you is that you have […]

No Place for Hate: an “Award-Winning” Poem

No Place for Hate: an “Award-Winning” Poem

A memory and poem from the halcyon days of super-busy parenthood. It is a beautiful thing to watch our kids grow into themselves and soar into their new journeys, but a little bittersweet, too.

My Blog’s 1-Year Anniversary: What I’ve Learned

My Blog’s 1-Year Anniversary: What I’ve Learned

I’ve learned in my first year of blogging that people blog to share what they know, express what they feel, and connect with others. They are simply a channel for all types of writing and communications and run the gamut of human expression.

Sweet Potato Biscuits: Family History, Love on a Plate

Sweet Potato Biscuits: Family History, Love on a Plate

Sweet Potato Biscuits are made on special occasions in my family, and epitomize the feeling that Food is Love. Well, it is. Try them and see.

Favorite Kitchen Gifts: Love My Cutting Boards

Favorite Kitchen Gifts: Love My Cutting Boards

41 years ago, my Dad made cutting boards for Christmas gifts in a lean year. This year, he outdid himself with a new one as a gift for me. Awesome.


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