Off Topic (Only Kind Of)

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.  ~  Audrey Hepburn I plant my gardens because I also believe in yesterday. There is something I love to write about, have to write about, especially this time of year.  My garden!  Although, I like to think of it as our garden.  You would think that…

Oh, I’m Doing It!

I am taking today’s post to introduce a challenge I will be beginning tomorrow.  Yup.  You guessed it.  The April A-Z Challenge.  I found out about this challenge last year on, oh, about April 30th.  I was bummed!  I would have participated!  I would have challenged myself!  I would have been a part of a…

Zosh’s Legacy

I’m still thinking about Babu’s birthday party and about meeting Zosh’s daughter, Kathy.  More importantly, about the interactions Kathy had with the family, especially Babu. When you hear stories, especially ones you hear more than once, there is this mistaken sense of ownership.  You feel the person who told you the story and you now…

Sto Lat!

Saturday was Babu’s 99th Birthday!  Her children are all here from corners of the country and she is thriving.  I love to see her reactions this time of year. Just look at how she is looking at that cake! The handsome man lighting the candles is my husband, Adam, and I’m in the stars and…

Sunday Share: This is Youth: Nepal, Travels, and A Blog Monetized

This week’s Sunday Share is an exciting one.  I have been following This is Youth for a little while now but I actually stopped and spent some time on the blog recently.  It involves other topics, but mostly it is one of those delish travel blogs.  Oh how I love those.  This one has an…

The Case of the Wooden Shoes

I will warn you before you read any further.  This case may never be solved.  It may live on in your memory, niggling away, as your soul searches for answers for years to come.  Those answers may never come. In August, 1937, Babu writes: Monday, August 9th, 1937 Did my first day’s work.  Seven hours. …

The Dark Side: In Honor of Norma Harry

I write a lot about contrasts in this blog.  That is life.  The good and evil. Sometimes just the kinda good and kinda bad.  As a writer, I look for structure.  I look for patterns and the way this life story is told.  It’s eerie that those patterns happen, in non intentional nonfiction.  She isn’t…

Sunday Share: 500 Cats and Crumpled Paper Cranes

One of the first blogs I followed when I started this journey was Crumpled Paper Cranes.  I was pleased when I finally took the time to scroll through my “Reader” feed and a post from this blog popped up.  With everything going on I have had barely enough time to post, let alone read other…

101 Things to do in 1001 Days One Month Recap

I can’t believe that it has been one month since I made these goals.  1001 days are going to go by fast.  This list has been an inspiration for me since, in writing it, I sought to challenge myself and encourage self care and relaxation in balance.  By reviewing this on a regular basis, I…

July, 1937

There is much to celebrate in the heat of July.  Babu says that she will “melt like a piece of wax one of these days,” yet things move along swimmingly.  (Kind of.) All About Benny: The month begins with the sentence: I guess I needn’t have worried about Benny. She didn’t know if he would…

Sunday Share: Free

Why The Traveling Pumpkin? I haven’t figured it out yet. But I stumbled upon this blog and my need to escape was triggered. A girl can dream, right? Here is a post I thought was right on point and well said: 7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once

May, 1937

I’m going to get this disappointment out of the way because I know it’s been on my mind.  I’m sure it’s been on yours, too.  Hasn’t it? On May 6th, 1937, the Hindenburg explodes. Here was Babu’s journal entry on that day: Thursday, May 6th, 1937 Thank you for a lovely evening!  It was lovely. …