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Looking back — Camino

Four and a half years ago -- in September 2013, I joined a friend to walk the Via Frances (Camino de Santiago de Compostela) in Spain -- we did start in St. Jean Pied de Port, France, but by day 2 we had made our way to Roncesvalles, Spain by crossing Napoleon's Pass...

Let those who have ears…

I admit that I struggle with "the Church" and with the apparent ideologies of parts of the church that I deal with... like the Cursillo Movement. I admit that I struggle to be inclusive, to remember and love these entities that I struggle with, even when we diverge on...

Cultural Appropriation – Really?

I was reading a piece in the Washington Post concerning "Cultural Appropriation." The whole thing struck me as absurd, so my next step is to research this term and what it means to folks. From Wikipedia (via Google): Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of...

Fall in New England

We spent a long weekend in Westerly, RI visiting my husband's family. Now that is what Fall should be like... frost in the morning, cool, clear beautiful days, and trees beginning to burst out in fiery colors. At home it was in the 80's. In New England it was in the...
Christmas in Florida

Christmas in Florida

BlogThe "boys" got a little crazy on Christmas Day. Sad to say "2 hour delivery" was not available on Christmas Day....

Thanksgiving in Birmingham

Thanksgiving in Birmingham

The clan convened at Marie's house for Thanksgiving this year. The Day included 4 generations (from my mother down to my grandchildren, and a couple of grand-dogs). The day after, while David went hunting with Kevin, we took the girls to the park. The sky was gray,...

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Scrapbook updates

Scrapbook updates

I spent some time over the weekend building some new scrapbook pages... and then I found some older ones that I had forgotten about. It fascinates me as I look through the images and see how much they have grown, and how much I have yet to document so that we can...

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EAMC Celebrate Life 5K

EAMC Celebrate Life 5K

Stefanie and I teamed up with Cindy this morning for the EAMC Celebrate Life! 5K. My best time! (not bad since we were treating it like a training run). For Christmas John got me a Garmin Forerunner 210. That's a neat watch with a Garmin GPS that tracks distance and...

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Wedding

Wedding

Over the weekend of September 17, my brother-in-law, Chuck tied the knot with Ellie on Block Island (RI). Of course, feeding the new spouse wedding cake continues to be quite the event! Quick, but fun weekend seeing a place, visiting with family and of course,...

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Sleepy Claw

Sleepy Claw

Aren't smart phones like the iPhone or Droid neat? Kevin sends us the "Picture of the Day" from his iPhone several times a week. When we were up in Birmingham last week we noticed that Genevieve works hard to free her hands before she settles in to sleep. Hence, "The...

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Four Generations

Four Generations

I hope Genevieve will know all four generations: Martha (great-grandmother), me (grandmother, Martha's oldest), Marie (mother and my daughter) and of course, Genevieve. My grandmother (Martha's mother) was really big on multigenerational photos -- so we are carrying...

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From the past…

From the past…

The Barnett children -- as young children My brother has a nice scanner, and has been scanning some old photos of late. These were taken in front of "the little house" in Florence. I am the oldest, with Leah 2 years younger and Bob 2 years younger than Leah... so,...

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