Lipstick and a Mirror

It is always interesting to see what a person’s back door leads into when entering a house. Back doors often open into a mud room, a laundry room, or the kitchen. When I was growing up, the driveway of my childhood house originally led to a carport, which was around the back of the house. …

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Celebrate the Day

Celebrating a holiday with Gramarie is always a fun occasion. I don’t know how she does it, but she remains calm, unflustered, and cheerful all throughout the day. We have been fortunate enough to spend several Thanksgivings, Christmases, and Fourths of July together. Now that I think about it, though, I don’t know if, in …

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Click, the phone went dead. When Steve and I lived in Singapore the first time, long-distance calls were still made from one landline to another landline. Gramarie and I talked long distance via a landline. Gramarie always has interesting stories to tell and relevant news to share. She is a wonderful conversationalist – her gift …

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