A Day of Remembrance

A Day of Remembrance

  It was exactly one hundred years ago. My mother recalled the day well. On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at eleven o’clock, in 1918, Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies and the Great War ended. Millions of people had died but now, the world could begin to recover and, perhaps […]

The Umbrella Oak

The Umbrella Oak

  A large oak stands firmly anchored to the ground on land that once belonged to my parents. It is so tall and its limbs spread so wide that when a person stands under it during a shower, she is sheltered from much of the rain. Whether it’s wise to be standing there during a […]

What Makes a House a Home?

What Makes a House a Home?

  Real estate people who advertise homes for sale are mistaken. Houses can be bought and sold, but homes cannot.  A home is made up of people. Perhaps a home is only a bed and a few square feet of floor space but to someone, it is food, shelter, safety; it is a home. Houses […]

Looking Back at Ireland, From Four Years Away

Looking Back at Ireland, From Four Years Away

  It’s cool and rainy here in NW Arkansas this morning. It was cool and rained part of almost every day four years ago in Ireland. But then, the sun came out and shone from a blue sky upon those very green hills. I’ve enjoyed looking back at this trip of a lifetime. I hope […]

Things My Mama Taught Me

Things My Mama Taught Me

  All the good things that I believe and am, came from my parents. And the not-so-good? Well, I’ve  managed those things on my own. This morning I was thinking about things my mother taught me. I had never really tried to itemize them, they were just there. To list them would be like trying […]

A Month of a Magical Memory

A Month of a Magical Memory

  October is a magical month for me. It’s the month I realized a lifelong dream, the dream of going to Ireland. It was only a short visit and left me longing to go back for a longer one. But, I’m so grateful I got to visit the land of my ancestors, glad that I […]