2018 Year End Review

2018 Year End Review

This was the year. I made a resolution to document the best things that happened every day on January 1, 2010, and I did not miss a day until I dec...

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Sweet Olives and Helen.

Sweet Olives and Helen.

We planted the sweet olive branch tree beside the porch when we bought our house, planning on dinners outside in the fall and spring where the scen...

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Tales from my Momma's Table

Tales from my Momma's Table

I haven’t eaten a meal cooked by my mother in probably twenty years. She passed away in 2006, but she divorced her kitchen long before that. Maybe ...

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Father's Day

Father's Day

Father’s Day in a house full of boys is pretty special. We all wanted to be him and wanted to be his favorite. Now, at the ages of 38, 34, 32, and ...

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Birthday Sunday

Birthday Sunday

"When Leroy met Mary at the Snuff Dippers Ball.”  I sing this chorus in my head from a folky little song written by my uncle about the night my...

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Laurel Mercantile Journal

New in a Small Town

You’ve heard the saying “big fish in a small pond,” but I believe there should be one that says “new fish in an old pond.” I grew up in a small tow...

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Mother's Day

Mother's Day

As many of you know, Mother’s Day is never quite the same after your mother passes away. Just as my own mother did, I do not make a big deal of the...

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Helen's First Easter

Helen's First Easter

After 3 months spent with Helen, I'm finally easing back into journaling here. I've been working on her baby photo book from Artifact Uprising sinc...

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Legacy

Legacy

Our family tree is largely populated with average people. They were mostly poor, tough, Scotch-Irish frontier people on my side. We just missed som...

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Daddy

I am going to announce something that will be pertinent only to people who have never met me: I am an only child. Though there were probably a ...

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