The Secret Place

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A secret place for things. My mother had a secret place, a place where she hid things, in her bureau drawers underneath unmentionables. She also slid important papers under the dresser scarves on top of the furniture in her bedroom. We knew better than to snoop, but sometimes we did anyhow. She knew where everything was, and kept everything in its place. There was no need to search when she knew exactly where it was. … Read more

Parenting: Who’s in Charge Around Here?

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Who is in charge at your house? Some days, that’s the million dollar question. Really, who’s in charge at your house? Oh, I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to have to take back the charge from a defiant or pouty kid. The reason I had to take it back was because I released it when they jerked it from my hands. It’s strange how a parent can’t see that they are allowing a … Read more

Easy, Best Blueberry Muffins

  Sharing blueberries Blueberry muffins are the best. This blueberry muffin recipe was first shared on this blog on October 12, 2015. I’m sharing it again because it’s so good – and because I’ve been making it a lot recently. I searched high and low for a good, easy blueberry muffin recipe. I found this one and changed it to fit the size of our family. They love it, and so do I. I like … Read more

History – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly


Definition History. his·to·ry /ˈhist(ə)rē/ noun the study of past events, particularly in human affairs. the whole series of past events connected with someone or something. My love-hate relationship History was not my favorite subject, but some things still stand out to me from school days. And, even though I had no interest in being introduced to my mother’s cousins from a mid-western state at a family reunion when I was a kid, the older I … Read more

How to Change Your Spouse

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The way to change your spouse. You can’t. Change your spouse, that is. While it’s true that he can make changes and that you, by force or coercion, can “make him” into something he’s not, you haven’t truly changed him. Oh, he might be different than he was, but his heart will not be in it. He might know not to say or do things in your presence because he’ll have to “pay for it” … Read more