Weathering the Storm

  In my first post in this blog I mentioned metaphorical hurricanes…those life-changing events that blow through each of our lives forever changing how we see the world. If we’re lucky, we might first hear a whisper…a warning…letting us know something is on the way. If we pay attention, we might be able to change... Continue Reading →

The End of the World

On the day of my 48th birthday—not quite three months ago—I received a diagnosis of leukemia. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. My doctor apologized for giving me this news on that particular day, but for me it actually felt like a good omen. Dr. Haegele, my oncologist hematologist, handled it very well. Knowing that I had recently... Continue Reading →

It’s Good To Be Queen

If you haven’t heard by now…Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee…sixty years on the British throne. It’s been interesting to see how many Americans have joined in the celebration. I will readily admit that I myself sat in front of the “telly” this past Sunday to watch the BBC broadcast of the Thames Jubilee... Continue Reading →

Es ist gemütlich

I was dreaming in German last night… for the second night in a row. The problem with that is, well, I really don’t understand German. I actually studied the language in school…two years in junior high, two years in high school and a painful semester freshman year of college. I suppose it says more about... Continue Reading →

You Have My Grandmother’s Eyes

Last August, I talked my mother and my husband into attending our first Zartman Family Reunion, an annual event that takes place on the second Sunday each August. We were vaguely aware of these reunions, but despite living less than two hours away from the location, we never quite made the effort to find out... Continue Reading →

Unanswered Questions and Channeling Laura Ingalls Wilder

Last week I went down a rabbit hole and never ended up posting anything. I’m not sure what drove me down this particular hole, but for some reason I started looking into the Wood family...and got sucked in for a number of days. I have several Wood and Woods lines that branch off my ancestral tree at... Continue Reading →

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