“General”

7 11, 2012

Journey Mercies . . . Alzheimers: Walking Into Oblivion

By | 2012-11-07T05:00:41-08:00 November 7th, 2012|General, Inspiration|39 Comments

Journey Mercies . . . Alzheimers: Walking Into Oblivion In her book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee beautifully wrote . . . Via Pinterest I found this to be the case as I learned more about Barry Petersen. November is National Alzheimer Awareness Month and our Blog Coordinator, Molly Keating, asked me if I would take the opportunity to write something that we could share to help bring more awareness to this insidious disease. Other than those who were famous and who were willing to share their fate, (President Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, and most recently, Glen [...]

2 11, 2012

Richard and Becky – A Love Story in Michigan

By | 2012-11-02T05:00:20-07:00 November 2nd, 2012|General, Inspiration|34 Comments

Richard and Becky - A Love Story At the end of every summer we make the long road trip with our two dogs to Calumet, MI, a tiny town of 800 people, more or less, in the Keweenaw (key‘-wah- nah) Peninsula of Upper Michigan. My remaining siblings arrive a few days later in dribbles until the house is full.  This September was no exception.  The family was together for our annual family gathering. It consisted this year of my niece Lynda, and my remaining siblings and spouses except Esther and Ruth who were too ill to travel this year. [...]

31 10, 2012

Halloween at Home: How to Have a Memorable Halloween!

By | 2012-10-31T05:00:12-07:00 October 31st, 2012|Community, General|24 Comments

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. There's no pressure to have the perfect turkey to serve or anxiety over having presents for everyone. It's pretty simple, candy, pumpkins, costumes & friends (plus a little spookiness, you have to have at least one spooky moment!). My brother & I dressed up as Scully & Mulder from The X-Files. We had the BEST costumes! Thanks Mom! I remember only trick-or-treating one time in an actual neighborhood, I enjoyed it but strangers made me uneasy and being a shy child I had a difficult time walking up to the strange & [...]

29 10, 2012

Halloween Past & Present: From the 70’s to Today

By | 2012-10-29T05:00:34-07:00 October 29th, 2012|Community, General|26 Comments

Halloween Past & Present- by Carrie Bayer It's the time of year where the ghosts & goblins come out. Pumpkins, black cats, styrofoam tomb stones & cottony spider webs adorn the neighborhood in anticipation of trick-or-treating. I love this time of year! Via Country Living When I was a kid, my dad would put our dog on a leash & take us kids around the neighborhood to get our fill of candy. There were tons of other families out & about- it was a great night for neighbors to admire the kids' costumes, visit & get to know [...]

24 10, 2012

Don’t Get “Webbed”: Halloween, Pumpkins and Spiders!

By | 2012-10-24T05:00:40-07:00 October 24th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|16 Comments

I love October.  Autumn is beginning to settle in.  My wife and I celebrate our wedding anniversary and her birthday.  We take our fall vacation.  We decorate for Halloween and my wife carves a few pumpkins.  Not ordinary pumpkin faces, but creative, scary pumpkin faces.  She definitely has a talent for pumpkin carving. At our house, October is also spider month.  We usually have six or seven major webs strategically built around our walkway stairs, deck and landscaping.  And this year, our garden spiders are BIG! Halloween Craft Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com My wife doesn’t appreciate the webs.  They [...]

17 10, 2012

What Comes to Mind When You Think About the Holidays?

By | 2012-10-17T05:00:04-07:00 October 17th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|19 Comments

What comes to mind?... when you think about the holidays.   I was shocked and I have to admit a little disappointed in my one word response to that question when it was poised to me. “Hectic” Hectic, really?   What happened to the sheer joy of the holidays that I used to feel as a child and young man? Where did those feelings go? Now don't get me completely wrong, I still can find some joy in the holidays and I’m lucky because being around my family on both sides is pretty much always a great thing with positive [...]

15 10, 2012

Are You Naughty or Nice? A Coworkers Perspective

By | 2012-10-15T05:00:22-07:00 October 15th, 2012|Community, General|24 Comments

Fall is a time of transition and drawing in. The holidays are around the corner and with them extra focus on family & tradition. It's a wonderful season. But do we allow it to permeate our workspace? I want to shift the focus from family to your coworkers. We spend so much time with these people, sometimes even more time than we have with our actual families & friends. Every thing in life has a cycle for change and maybe you need a refresher for your work relationships. So, how are your relationships with your coworkers? I've noticed that if [...]

10 10, 2012

Life Changes in an Instant: When We Are Faced With the Possibility of Losing a Loved One During the Holidays

By | 2012-10-10T05:00:53-07:00 October 10th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|30 Comments

The first day of Autumn has come and gone. Years of experience tells me that it is a downhill slide into the holiday season. The time of hustle and bustle has arrived. The streets, malls and restaurants will all be filled to capacity. It is the season of memories and family traditions and for some, a season of loss. This is the time of year when I long for my childhood. The holidays were easy and carefree back then. My biggest concern was whether or not Santa Claus would remember exactly which doll or bicycle I wanted. I knew I [...]

4 10, 2012

Journey Mercies . . . Memories of Fall

By | 2012-10-04T05:00:11-07:00 October 4th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|57 Comments

Journey Mercies . . . Memories of Fall There’s a change coming, a really comfortable change. I love the fall and when I was a kid fall meant the start of school and seeing my friends again. Halloween was coming and so was my birthday. It meant Thanksgiving.  It meant that it was almost time for Christmas! Now that I am older, I can reflect much more deeply about how much I love this time of year.  The days are shorter and the air is crisp. Trees that were a common green are now vibrant with color. Beneath my feet [...]

1 10, 2012

It is an October in my Soul: A Tragical Fall Tale

By | 2012-10-01T05:00:28-07:00 October 1st, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|39 Comments

Is Fall your favorite time of year? I'm guessing if you chose to read this blog then yes, you treasure and savor the change in light and the color of the trees & look as giddily forward to October 1st as I do. For the last 8 years fall brought me charming semesters with my fellow English majors. Fall meant long evenings sipping lattes on the third floor of the library pouring over books on Shakespeare, Milton & Marlowe. Fall meant paradise for me. If you know an English major you won't be surprised to learn that they are some [...]