Family, Genealogy, Heroes, History

Serial Number 37 404 688

Ninety-seven years ago today, my daddy entered this world. As one might expect, he had a significant impact on my life and I've posted about him numerous times in this space. With the recent commemorations of D-Day, I've been thinking often about Norman Arthur Stricker whose Army Serial Number was 37 404 688. In an… Continue reading Serial Number 37 404 688

Culture, Family, Heroes, History

Know When To Hold

The recent commemorations of D-Day have sparked my reflections. With this final day of June 2019, my thoughts center on my father-in-law (FIL) whose birthday it is. He was born in 1921. I've mentioned him in several previous posts, most recently here. Born in Kansas, the second child of Fred and Georgia, Max learned early… Continue reading Know When To Hold

Family, Heroes

In Remembrance …

Memorial Day. A designated Federal holiday, the name signifies a specific day set aside annually to memorialize and honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Earliest observances of the day pre-date the Civil War. In my younger years, I recall hearing the day referred to as "Decoration Day." That was… Continue reading In Remembrance …

Christianity, Faith, Family, Heroes, Love & Marriage

Father’s Day Blessings

The yearly observance of Father's Day has become a curious phenomena of late. Verbiage including phrases like "toxic masculinity" and the dreaded "male privilege" are bandied about, calculated to make all of us squirm. The always-reliable satire of The Babylon Bee makes this point with its June 15th story:  Father's Day Updated To 'Toxic Masculinity Awareness… Continue reading Father’s Day Blessings

Faith, Family, Grandchildren, Love & Marriage, Mothering

Leading The Way

With her 92nd birthday approaching (the end of August), my mother Ruthe must contemplate the final days (or years, we hope) of her incredible life on this planet. I've shared her stories more than a dozen times in this space, among them Everybody's Fine, The Tale of Bobbie Pringle (in 2 parts), and Safe In His… Continue reading Leading The Way

Arkansas, Christmas, Family, Grandchildren

Let’s Go to the Tape

As in Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, our "stockings were hung by the chimney with care" ... save one minor detail – we don't actually have a chimney, just a mantelpiece (where a gas insert is supposed to go). Twenty stockings in all were hung, one for each of our grown offspring, as well as the in-laws and… Continue reading Let’s Go to the Tape

Dying, Family, Grandchildren, History

Papers, Please?

Since the passing of my mother-in-law on March 1st, my Beloved and I have sifted and sorted through the tangible mementos she left behind. There are photographs and slides aplenty, so I set myself to digitizing as many as possible to add to our (informal) family archive. Scanning the vast collection of photos/slides, etc. required… Continue reading Papers, Please?

Dying, Family, Goodbyes, Grandchildren, Love & Marriage

Inscrutable Daisy

My mother-in-law died last week. She turned 94 last October, so her passing wasn't unexpected. In addition to dementia (which prevented verbal communication), she suffered congestive heart failure. Bed-bound over the last six months, she slipped away quietly in her sleep. That was a blessing. Previously in this space, I've shared tidbits about the complex relationship betwixt my mother-in-law… Continue reading Inscrutable Daisy

Abortion, Brave New World, Culture, Family, Films, Rants & Opinions

Survivors All

Our culture reveres survivors ... and rightly so! The stories of concentration camp and holocaust survivors so stir our emotions, we often see these stories turned into movies. The Diary of Anne Frank was produced multiple times. I'm surprised The Hiding Place (from 1975) hasn't been remade. In 2014, Unbroken was produced and directed by actress Angelina Jolie who deemed… Continue reading Survivors All

Culture, Family, Grandchildren, History, Living, Love & Marriage, Rants & Opinions

Between Friends

Friends don't let friends drive drunk. You've probably heard a version of this message from the Ad Council, a gentle caution for drivers and passengers alike. I've decided a similar message should apply with respect to social media. Maybe something like this:  Friends don't let friends contrive junk. I know, I know! It's clunky and doesn't roll off the… Continue reading Between Friends