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A perfect gift

My grandmother Kevin had a particular way of doing, well, everything. She ran her home with the precision of the Marine she was, s0 my brother and I worked on a tightly orchestrated schedule. Friday nights were spent vacuuming and dusting before settling in to watch Lawrence Welk. My brother and I alternated jobs, and…

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And the winner is…..

Our Tales UnTold ran a contest for our readers to submit photographs and their associated stories for the chance to win a free video montage. Little did I know that the winner and I would share so much in common: Originally from Abington, PA, Sharon Broomall‘s son and mine attended the same high school. We…

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First Day of School

Do you remember feeling excited about the first day of school? I do. Feeling butterflies flitting around inside my stomach as the anticipation rose to ride a bus for the first time, meet my new teacher, and find out who was in my class. (Back in the day, we didn’t receive advance notification of teacher…

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5 Questions to Ask at a Family Reunion

Are you among those love a good, old-fashioned family reunion or do you dread them? In my experience, folks are in one camp or the other. Me? I love getting together periodically with distant family. But that wasn’t always the case. The first family reunion I remember attending was a picnic held in Williamsport, PA, at…

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A photo tells a story

Do you remember the anticipation you felt when a store clerk handed you the oblong yellow and white envelope containing your pictures? You deposited a canister full of images, waited a week or so for them to be processed, and then the moment of truth arrived: discovering how many of your “perfect” photos were actually…

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Summer Rewind

My family used to own a Bucks County farm located in historic Ivyland. The 80+ acres of land, stone farmhouse and four-story barn were a gift to my grandparents. When I was young, I spent my summers there. My grandmother gardened and her home was surrounded by peonies, tiger lilies, roses, and grapes. We had one…

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Vacation Memories

I don’t know about you, but we always seem to have the best stories from our vacations. It feels as though we also give ourselves permission to recall these memories more often and we fall into stomach-bending laughter, competing with each other to finish the story. Does this happen in your family, too? My sons…

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Sudden Loss

“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” ~ Unknown Over the past week, three of my friends died suddenly. One had an aneurysm and two heart attacks. They were my age. Another friend lost her ten-year old niece, who collapsed while playing flashlight tag in the backyard. My heart aches.…

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5 Things I Learned from My Dad

Last Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day, a day I’ll admit to having a difficult relationship with. For most of my life, my father was either deployed, we lived apart, or he vacationed in Gettysburg on Father’s Day. As a result, we have no traditions: we don’t brunch nor catch a ballgame nor do we picnic.…

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10 Items on My Summer “Not-to-Do” List

A hot post on our Facebook feed this week involved 50 ideas for your summer bucket list. It included such items as “watch fireworks” and “play in the sprinkler” along with “do something bold” and “be spontaneous.” These are all great suggestions but here’s a thought: all year, I spend filling my time with appointments,…

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