Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Mom and Christmas by Joan Elder

Mom and Christmas,  As far back as I can remember Mom always made Christmas special. When we were young we didn’t have much money so things were hard. One Christmas I remember most was Mom made doll clothes for our old dolls. Years later when my family were young and we lived all over the country …

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On The Farm by Joan and Dave Elder

When we moved to a farm our five children were pretty young. We tried several things to make ends meet. One of our first endeavors to make extra money was to raise cucumbers .We planted an acre of them. They had to be picked every other day. Steve, Cindy and Michael helped pick and sometimes …

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The Escape by Helve Massakas

By Helve Massakas – My Mom Aino My mom will be 91 this Nov. 10th, 2012. She had a little stroke last June which has made her lose her voice and making it difficult to swallow. She lives in a Long Term Care facility in Toronto Canada, with the help of a private Nurse. However, …

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Lemon Kids

We took my mother in law, my mom and 2 kids to Disney for the weekend. We ate at one of the nicer restaurants where they served a half of lemon wrapped in netting to squeeze over your fish. Unbeknownst to me my mother in law took the lemon back to their hotel room. My …

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Secret Sister Sleepover

My sisters and I decided to surprise my Mom by showing up unexpectedly for a weekend visit. We excitedly emailed back and forth across the country planning the details under the code SSS for Secret Sister Sleepover! My mother and sister Joan had recently joined a Red Hat group where they lived. So my sister …

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Ghost Dog by Sarah Copus

An exciting experience with literature can occur in the most unexpected places. While vacationing at the beach this week, 5-year-old Sarah implored her parents to go down to the beach at night with a flashlight to tell ghost stories. Sitting there in the dark, the ocean waves crashing and the wind whipping, Sarah shone her …

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First Flute by Pamela Copus

I receive a daily digest in my email from a local forum for moms. One of the queries really got me thinking. It was from the mother of a young girl who had decided she wanted to play flute. The school’s band director offered a list of recommended flutes from a couple of manufacturers. The …

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Sadie’s Story by Cathy Lewis

My mother, Sadie, was the middle sister of four brothers. All four brothers had an aptitude for carpentry and construction and Sadie could wield a sledge hammer, smoke cigarettes and down coffee with the best of them. One summer morning when I was six she decided that she needed a doorway from our kitchen into …

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Javelin Toss by Eric Kauffman

Eric Kauffman of KKYT The Coyote 93.7 in Ridgecrest California told me a story this morning.  He was watching the Olympics and remembered the time he was playing in the back yard.  There was an old curtain rod and he had the bright idea of using it as a Javelin just like on the Olympics.  …

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Recycle Mama by Joyce Harlow Hill

Mom recycled before it became vogue to do so. She made all our clothes even the boys. Whenever we got chicken feed the sacks were printed with flowers or other pretty designs. Mom would make our dresses from the printed fabric. Not only did she make our clothes but she did her own as well …

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