Ghosts of Christmas

It is somewhat difficult for me to avoid tasting a certain amount of sadness while savoring the sights, sounds and feasts of “The Holidays” these days.  Unlike Dicken’s “Ghost of Christmas Past,” I have many memories of delightful Christmas celebrations.  As a school band director (in the middle years of the...
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Agungqq Agen DominoQQ, BandarQ, Capsa Susun, QQ Online Terpercaya di Indonesia

Agungqq Agen DominoQQ, BandarQ, Capsa Susun, QQ Online Terpercaya di Indonesia menawarkan permainan judi online uang asli aman & fair untuk penjudi di indonesia. Situs agen bandar poker, agen bandar q, agen capsa Agungqq sangat direkomendasikan untuk berjudi. Bandar Poker, Bandar Q, dan Sakong merupakan jenis permainan bandar. Setiap orang yang...
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Re-Gift Dad's Father's Day Gift

Re-Gift Dad's Father's Day Gift
I'm not a 're-gifter' by nature but an idea came to me this morning when thinking about what I wanted to give my Dad on Fathers Day. Like most Dads, he taught his children valuable life lessons, priceless gifts we still use today. My sons learned many of these lessons because...
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Ghosts of Christmas Past

Whether my memory matches reality or is tainted by the slings and arrows of a long, rough-roaded lifetime, I do not have a lot of “good” memories of childhood Christmases.    I recollect a rather peculiar one and I painfully remember an extremely stressful one, both of which are stories already on...
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They're Not Making The Sky As Blue (this year) July 4, 1952

 July 4 th , or more properly “Independence Day.”  Outside my window dads with little kids close beside them are lighting fuses, sending rockets aloft to burst high in the air raining varicolored bits of incendiary material down onto the streets, roofs and lawns.  Most I suspect are giving little if...
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Christmas in Chicago

It truly was another time in a place that no longer exists. Oh, the buildings and streets are still there and the snow still falls deep and wet on them but yet – it is all different than it was when I was a young band director in a small school...
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This Wasn't Your Grandma's Thanksgiving Turkey

This Wasn't Your Grandma's Thanksgiving Turkey
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   This Wasn’t Your Grandma’s Thanksgiving Turkey   When Thanksgiving rolls around and families gather to enjoy traditional meals and each other’s company, conversations often tilt to fond recollections about turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. ...
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Memoir Monday - Thanksgiving

Memoir Monday - Thanksgiving
Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. -- Kevin Arnold (From The Wonder Years) My memories of Thanksgiving are pretty much the same for each year. My mother was not someone who experimented with things. She...
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Gratitude

Gratitude
It is not happy people who are thankful, It is thankful people who are happy.   Now that my 31 days of writing is over, I thought that I would get back on track with some of the things that I normally write about.  Today, I wanted to share what Thanksgiving...
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Christmas Memories with Reese in 2013

Christmas Memories with Reese in 2013
Thanksgiving and Christmas 2013 were spent at the home of Paul, Kelly & Reese Benton.  Kelly's parents, Jan & Gene Sutton, joined us for both events.  Paul's Dad, David, joined us for Christmas.  Reese is now 4 1/2 years old.  She wanted to surprise her Daddy with some Monkey Bread, so...
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Most memorable gift given and recieved

My most memorable gift I have had to date, is spending Christmas with my children and grandchildren. This is the best gift I have received as well as the best gift I can give. Time with family. I have three sons, who are scattered about and have their own families and...
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My Easter Memories

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Christmas Dinner

Recently, my niece, Kim, decided to compile a collection of favorite family recipes for a cookbook she is creating and she asked my sister and me for our contributions.  We were happy to comply but neither Jackie nor I could come up with a single thing we could attribute to our...
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Special Christmas Gift 1995

Special Christmas Gift 1995
Doug and I were married on March 30, 1996. This was not the first marriage for either of us and we came to the marriage having already lived a large portion of our adult lives. Much of our married life had been spent living and traveling full time in our 36...
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Halloween at Julie's 2012

Our daughter, Julie, has lived in Mesa, Arizona for years.  Every Halloween, she dresses her 5 daughters up in original Halloween costumes that she has made.  Halloween is a big event in her area of Mesa.  The weather is just about perfect.  Everyone can actually see the children's costumes because there...
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Holiday Activities: Labor Day weekend 2012

Holiday Activities: Labor Day weekend 2012
This week's prompt - "Topic: Holiday Activities.  So much can happen in only a few short days but there is always one thing that should stand out.  By reflecting upon the weekend" . . , I will share a memory while it is fresh on my mind. On Labor Day, Monday...
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I'm Proud To Be An American!

What are the things that make me most proud of my country?

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Easter Memories - This is where I hope I'll be someday.....

Easter Memories - This is where I hope I'll be someday.....
Jesus and Tyson   This is where I hope I’ll be someday – with my grandson Tyson who lived just a couple of days after he turned 5 yrs old and then returned to his Heavenly Father’s arms.  He was a special grandchild who blessed our lives so much and we...
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Easter: Traditions & Keepin' it real

Easter:  Traditions & Keepin' it real
Easter: what a crazy conflicted holiday; A greedy egg grabbin', candy filled day for kids, a great meal and fun with family or friends,  mixed with a solemn rememberance of the brutal crucifixtion of Christ, and gratitude for his unfathomable gift to all. My memories are a mix of all and...
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Easter Memories

I remember that when the Saturday before Easter came, our family would go to Tremonton (about 7 miles away from the farm where we lived in East Garland) to grandpa and grandma Adams' house.  About a block away, the public library was situated on a large lot and an East egg...
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