Category: Family and Nostalgia

My Dad Might Kick You in the Face

My Dad Might Kick You in the Face

This is my dad, Roy. Today he would have been 72. As a birthday present, I’d love you to read about my dad for just a minute… He was pretty crazy, was a wonderful wood-carver, ordered his evening beer and cigarettes from us in Spanish only, danced when he needed to fart, kicked some guy …

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On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war

On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war

I was going to share this poem with you for Memorial Day. I hadn’t remembered the name correctly and kept Googling On Flanders Field. Thankfully I found this article with the poem (In Flanders Fields is the correct title) and this writer shares it better than I would have: On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully …

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Stephen Foster Day, and Truth vs Truth

Stephen Foster Day, and Truth vs Truth

What the…? Who the…? Yes, Stephen Foster Memorial Day is really a thing…at least in some parts of the world. 150 years ago today, 13 January, 1864, American composer Stephen Collins Foster died. I hope you know him. If not, I’m grateful to be the first to introduce you. Today is Manuscript Monday, and Stephen …

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Worst and Best Holiday Video Cards

Worst and Best Holiday Video Cards

Feel free to skip all the words and just watch the worst and best videos at the end, or enjoy the build-up… Per special request I’m sharing (ad nauseum, for some of you) our holiday video card from 2009 when Kurt and I were living in Southern California. We didn’t rehearse much, and it’s difficult …

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Today is My Birthday

Today is My Birthday

I was born in Autumn in North America, September 25, 1856. Oh, wait… no. That was my great-great-grandfather’s birthday, as witnessed by this baby announcement card to my mom from her Gram Shorts. Let’s just say I was born sometime in the 1970’s. 😉 Before I get on with today’s post, I would like to …

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Marla is a Strong Mother Fluffer!

Marla is a Strong Mother Fluffer!

(Don’t worry, dear reader. Today’s post is short, optimistic, and will end with a “cuddly wuddly” lion cub photo from here in South Africa.) I am one strong, strong, STRONG mother fluffer. And I don’t just mean that I can now bench press 99 pounds (45kg for my new African friends), or that I still …

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“Blockade Schmokade”: A Newly Discovered Letter from Dad

“Blockade Schmokade”: A Newly Discovered Letter from Dad

Happy 71st, Dad! Those of you who have been following me for awhile may remember last year’s memorial tribute to my dad on his 70th birthday. It was planned as a one-time post, but when I came across this letter recently, I knew I had to do something again this year. This morning I emailed …

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Only “A Few Years”: A Goodbye Post

Only “A Few Years”: A Goodbye Post

Hello everyone.  My name is Jeff, Marla’s older, and only, brother.  I wanted to help out with my sister’s dilemma of not having enough hours in her days to get all of the things ready for her move to R.S.A. and still fill some blog spots for those of us who “need to get a …

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Cheryl Strayed’s WILD, signed just for you! Writer Wednesday Signed Book Giveaway

Cheryl Strayed’s WILD, signed just for you! Writer Wednesday Signed Book Giveaway

. “Be brave enough to break your own heart.” As my friend and fellow writer, Beth Gilstrap wrote poignantly in her guest post last week, when Cheryl Strayed, at the AWP Writer’s Conference, read aloud a letter to her younger self, we wept. In one moment, Strayed took an auditorium of strangers and bonded us …

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