Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Tomorrow!

Did your Thanksgiving table ever look like this??
Thanksgiving is nearly over, Thanks Be to God!  Although it is just a stop-gap in the days between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving should be a time of family.

Memories of a frantic kitchen with Moms, Grandmas, and teenage females are made alive by the scents of current day Thanksgiving meals.  Hours and hours from the day before until the table is laden with the delightful turkeys, stuffing/dressing, gravy, mashed/creamed potatoes….so much thought, love, and hard work went into presenting a massive meal.

Memories then were fond and delicious.  Now?  Instead of carefully preparing pies to show pie-making prowess, CostCo and WalMart provide the ready-made varieties.  Let’s be honest here:  their pies are cheaper, labor free (for the consumers), and in some cases, better than the pies cooling on the counters.

Lift a glass to toast the maker of the feast!  With modern providence, family can sit down in the family room and actually enjoy each other.  With aluminum pans, plastic utensils, and heavy duty paper plates, even the clean-up allows for time to laugh, play games, or karaoke with off key singers.

Happy Thanksgiving!  

Monday, November 24, 2014

I would miss them if...

Dang it!  I did not know there was a dress code!  So I went out and grabbed this thing from Alex's site and put it up.  Whew!  I am always a day late and a dollar short....
I began blogging in 2010, when my daughter urged me to find an outlet for my writing.  Since then so many talented writers have entered my world and blessed me with their words and thoughts.

As the focus of this blog-fest, we are to choose one to three bloggers who have slipped away from the blog-world.  And we are to choose one to three who would be severely missed (by me).

I miss: 

Carole Ann Carr whose site was inactivated two months ago.  Her writing and books were delightful.  

Heather Murphy who took a sabbatical, came back, and then dropped off.  I enjoyed her thoughts.

Jon Vermilye who journaled every day as he drove completely around America.  He is a photographer and captured some incredible places.  He has completed the trip, but I miss his blog.

The following bloggers' absence would leave a hole in my life.  There are so many fine bloggers whose sites have enriched me.  HOW can I list only three?

Gail WilliamsJoanne NoragonDeloresIngerElephant's ChildRick Watson, .................

Honestly, the list is long and the time is short.  What can I say?  It is difficult to find writers who portray life as they see it and choose only three.

If you want to go to more, check out Alex Cavanaugh .

Now, I am supposed to notify these marvelous people that I have mentioned them here.  Tomorrow is another day, and I will read their blogs then!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wednesday Words: Attic to Cellar

Vintage photo albums

The cellar, Jackson sighed as he descended moldy steps.  Having worked from attic to cellar, Jackson had just eaten a copious number of brownies Grammy forced on him.  Oh, Jackie!  What an industrial (industrious) little boy you are!  Have another brownie…

After a pot of black coffee and a belly full of brownies, Jackson was galvanized to tackle the dank cellar. The first few boxes were with junk.  Then the third box yielded treasure.

An old camera from long ago era, 1870s maybe Civil War? Riveted by the tin-type photos carefully labeled with names, Jackson could pick out physical resemblances in his own generation.

Jackson froze when one branch of the family turned and headed to here-to-fore hidden family names, absent from family conversations.  One of the great-great-grandfathers was Amos Lee, a black soldier and his black wife, Martha Lee held a child on her lap…Jackson Lee. 

It was a page turner.  Tin-types led to Seneca tribes in New York and then onto Oneida tribes, some twigs went to the Lakota tribes in the West. 

Well, that’s a hell of a thing…Jackson smiled.   Trees have to have deep roots.

An old photograph of Brave Eagle and Wife - Lakota c1870.
Source: a Lakota married couple