A Home of My Own

Opening the door to my first home sent butterflies scurrying as a rush of emotions raced through me.  Knowing that I was really on my own had caused a more than a few sleepless nights, and now that the time had finally arrived, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take this new beginning.  Part of me wanted to run back to my little island home in California and live with the grandmother that I adored and missed so desperately. Continue reading “A Home of My Own”

The Versatile Blogger Award

1Through my blog, I have been blessed to meet writers that share the same passion for family research and family stories. One of my favorite bloggers, KTC from Princes, Paupers & Pilgrims: Our Predecessors & Me, has generated a unique site that shares family narratives with great detail. Her creative endeavors have continued to showcase a range of stories that travel across many generations. Recently, my friend nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Without a doubt, her kindness gave me a sense of accomplishment as I share my own tales. Continue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award”

Another Mystery


As a child, I loved sharing moments with my grandmother. She had a treasure box of photos that she would often take out of her closet, and she would talk about the people in each print. This photograph was part of my grandmother’s collection, but she never shared about the people in this image. I always wondered if this “Lion Pub” was a family business. Although no place description was listed, this photo was among family pictures from Detroit, Michigan, and Cherryvale, Kansas., and my grandmother’s family lived in these areas; however, she was also known to collect old photographs. Although this photo has remained a mystery, I love his picture, for it tells a story.

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My Island Home

At the age of four, my family moved to Alameda, California. This little island tucked away in the San Francisco Bay showcased many Victorian homes. These beauties included everything from quaint cottages to astounding mansions and varying sizes in between. While living on the island, children that lived in these houses, often told wild tales about secret rooms or spoke of hidden treasure.  My brothers and I would often search for hidden rooms and fortune too.  When I was five or six, I did find a prize, an antique teapot from Holland. Continue reading “My Island Home”

Home — Week Ten

“Home is where our story begins…”


What stories about home would you like to share?  This week’s theme has so many delightful ways in which to showcase our family tales.  Just upload your stories in the comments. Continue reading “Home — Week Ten”

My Retirement Plan

So today, I told my kiddos, my students, that they were my retirement plan.  While they sat in class laughing over our metaphors and similes assignment, I explained that  was secretly writing down all of the funny and sweet things they said in class, and that one day I was going to write a book about them, and it would be a best-seller that would help supplement my income when I retired. Continue reading “My Retirement Plan”

Warm & Fuzzy–Week Nine

Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.

–Menachem Begin

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