How Will You Live in Old Age?

Some people seem to take years to die. In my family members crash and burn. One moment my father was cooking burgers on the grill for my son, the next he was dying of a heart attack. Aside from dying while sleeping, this is the best way to go, though it’s a shock to those…

Fiction: Letting the Cat out of the Bag

  William, Lieutenant Fahy and the missionaries head for the San Carlos Indian Reservation but are surprised by a cat. “Hey there, Bill. Are you holding up all right?” Fahy asked every so often as he trotted by on his sturdy mount. William had long since stopped answering. Determined not to fall out before the…

5 Horrible Things I’m Grateful For

What are you really grateful for? No. I don’t mean the usual things we all say when asked on Thanksgiving Day. Family. Friends. Health. We used to just eat on Thanksgiving, but somewhere along the way a family member introduced a toast and the awkward asking everyone to come up with something they were grateful…

Family Histories: The Jelly Glass

Welcome to Family Histories, a series of guest posts by some of my favorite bloggers in which they explore family . . . and history. The families and the histories are sometimes the writers’ own and sometimes not. We start off the series with a story by Sharon Bonin-Pratt about an unpleasant trip to Grandma’s…

A Mother Who Read to Me

The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan I had a mother who read to me Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea, Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth, “Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath. I had a Mother who read me lays Of ancient and gallant and golden days; Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe, Which every…

What are Your Hobbies?

LINKS: 150 HOBBY IDEAS BROKEN DOWN BY INTERESTS AND PERSONALITY FIVE FANTASTIC HOBBIES FOR HISTORY BUFFS MY NEW HOBBY? DEVELOPING INTERESTS 9 VICTORIAN HOBBIES THAT SEEM WEIRD TODAY ***My friends and I “researching” history.