Before Valentine’s Day became the Hallmark holiday now appropriate for all members of the family, it originated from the customs of the ancient Romans. Although the martyred Valentines (there were more than one) of the early centuries were honored for their religious contributions, by the 14th century another Saint Valentine came to be associated with […]

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My mother’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving and it is my favorite, too. When we were growing up in Wisconsin, Thanksgiving was spent at Grandma Roemer’s house. All the family from my father’s side would converge upon the old Wisconsin farm house. Women would cook and set the table while the men watched football. After dinner, […]

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Just in time for the holidays, the Champagne Authors collaborative blog, The Writer’s Vineyard, is featuring a different short story daily in the months of November and December. Some of the stories are excerpts from great books available for purchase while others are original, yet-to-be-published vignettes. My own contribution is an original short story which […]

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My husband and I decided last month that we really wanted to buy a hog from the county fair to support one of the local 4-H kids. On a bright Saturday morning we left for the Apache County fair on a whim. Half an hour drive from our house brought us to the lovely little […]

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Labor Day weekend 2008. After church on Sunday my husband and I headed over to the Orchard at Charlie Clark’s. This is the oldest restaurant in the White Mountains, housed in a fantastic historic building. The outdoors Orchard is only open in the summer – usually Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is an outdoor […]

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While I’m waiting for the results of my research to post on other topics, I decided to share with you a great recipe I’ve had for decades. When I moved recently, I decided to participate in a community event – a contest and bake sale for our local community association. I dug out this old […]

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