September week one

September week one

The literary quote above is by F. Scott Fitzgerald, from The Great Gatsby. The “ber” months are here! Life is getting more hectic this month. Summer is over and the school year begins. Many people consider September to be a second “New Year” because of...
Santa School is Not Cancelled!

Santa School is Not Cancelled!

The Charles W Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan in the oldest Santa Claus School in the country, started back in 1937! Charles Howard was the Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade for almost 20 years, from 1948-1965. For decades, the school has taught...
Christmas vacation wish list

Christmas vacation wish list

At the start of this year, I was very good about planning various camping trips and vacations for the summer. Some of those trips got cancelled because they were in state parks that have not yet reopened. Other trips are still on, but with modifications because parts...
The magic of blindness

The magic of blindness

This image of a blindfolded Santa reminded me of a game I like to play with my kids or myself when someone claims that she is bored. We go to a craft book or a recipe book and open it to a random page and then we have to make whatever is there. Or we will go to...
“A cute photo of a boy and his cat”

“A cute photo of a boy and his cat”

Last week we talked about family history, and it reminded me of this story. I have inherited a few antique black and white photographs passed down from ancestors. I am lucky in the fact that I know who most of the subjects are. But my most special black and white...
Teach children their family history

Teach children their family history

Take some time today to teach children about their family history. Or, if there are no kids around, take some time to ponder on this yourself. If you’ve already been bitten by the ancestry bug, you know what to do. If not, there’s never been an easier time...