Author Archives: AECRM

Ten Years Ago Today, Birthday Edition

Our mom, Kathryn, was born on Friday the 13th, a day which never proved unlucky for her, and was called home to the Kingdom of Heaven on 7/7/7 — a perfect number and a perfect day. Her father was one … Continue reading

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This Old Lady Who Parked Her Brain, Part 2

“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” -Winston Churchill I pondered that wisdom. This time, I had the foresight to put the tarp in the trunk first while bringing a load of nasty four-foot high … Continue reading

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This Old Lady Who Parked Her Brain

Because I am an idiot periodically and don’t always foresee the consequences of my actions, I sometimes have to pay the price. I love to feed the birds and bunnies that eagerly await my arrival. One of my brothers was … Continue reading

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FIRE

There are fires, and then there are FIRES! Some were pleasant such as the fire in our fireplace or the campfires where we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. Others were painful to learn about, such as people injured by a … Continue reading

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Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

All my life, I have loved roses. My father, husband, and I have all planted and tended them. I love seeing them and having some cut roses in the house. I planted three rose bushes in front of the bird … Continue reading

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A Delightful Surprise

My phone seems to have a mind of its own of late, and the other evening I saw that it had auto-dialed the bugler who played Taps in 2021 at my husband’s burial. I quickly hung up the phone. But … Continue reading

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Prayers Answered

As some of you may know, I have been married twice. I excel at guilt, and the breakup of my first marriage after multiple decades together still can weigh heavily on my heart. Ron worked for a time in the … Continue reading

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Eager Friends, Happy Heart

I come by my folly honestly. From the time I was a little person, I remember my father feeding the birds every day. I mentioned that in an earlier blog post which you can find here: Lessons From Earlier Gardeners … Continue reading

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These Crazy Days Before Christmas

I don’t know about you — but I can’t remember a Christmas that seemed as full of stress as the one coming in less than a week. This morning there were more ornaments on the floor around my tree. Despite … Continue reading

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Ill Suited for the Task

In second grade, I started taking piano lessons with my aunt, my Dad’s older sister. It wasn’t negotiable. My three brothers had done this as well. I was a mediocre student at best, my aunt had little interest in allowing … Continue reading

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