Got graduates? 3 Tips for savoring your celebration.

In three days, my eldest son graduates from Calvert Hall College High School here in Baltimore, Maryland exactly 35 years to the day that I walked across William Tennant‘s football field in Warminster, Pennsylvania, to accept my diploma. I’m proud of my son’s accomplishments and know the pomp and circumstance on Saturday will be bittersweet.…

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5 Questions to Ask this Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend ushers in summer. Some folks head to the beach, others the mountains. My family holds its annual family picnic following a parade in my parents’ town. We feast on hot dogs and burgers fresh from the grill accompanied by my Aunt Bea’s delicious potato salad. For the adults, my step-mother Jane makes…

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Are You a Keeper of Stories?

Thirty-two years ago on May 19, my Grandmom Munro died in the wee hours of the morning, alone in her hospital bed. At the moment she died, her calico cat Samantha leaped onto my bed, waking me up. Even though Samantha’s behavior was odd for her, it didn’t send off alarm bells. That day also…

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5 Things I Learned By Making a Will

I held off making my will as long as I could.  Each time I traveled, I felt as though I were a horrible parent. The truth: The thought of dying and leaving my cherubs behind brought me to tears so going room-to-room to parcel out my belongings didn’t happen. Finally, responsibility outweighed discomfort and I…

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The Cape Era

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of being two things when I grew up: Snow White and a mother. While the first didn’t happen until the Halloween of 2001, the second dream came true in October 1998 when my son Cooper was born. The joy of becoming a mother cannot be overstated. Neither…

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Eating the Elephant

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), a Lebanese-American poet, wrote, “Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.” Our Tales UnTold specializes in memories. We occupy a unique space where we function in the present by allowing others to relive and memorialize the past. Our work together ensures their precious memories and stories are preserved for…

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Sharing isn’t always comfortable

I serve others by offering them the opportunity via Our Tales UnTold to record their stories for posterity, preserving their voice, memories, and values. I bear witness to pain and joy, hear voices crack with the weight of remembering, and see smiles spread with visions of places and people previously forgotten now recalled. There are…

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Sharing favorite knick-knacks

Do you remember being in elementary school and first time you heard the phrase, “Show and tell”? I can still picture my first-grade teacher with her blonde bouffant hairstyle and cat’s eye glasses explaining this magical day where we were to bring to class our most beloved possession. My father traveled the world with the…

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The Long Ride Home

My son earned his driver’s license yesterday. It’s shiny plastic and highlights in red his underage status. Even his picture looks halfway decent. He worked long and hard to accumulate a variety of experiences over the 18 months he had a learner’s permit. Yes, he grumbled when I made him drive in snow, hard rain,…

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Memory Scavenger Hunt

The week is bookended by the launch of spring and Easter Sunday. Daffodils sway in the cold wind, dipping their yellow heads as if to say, “You can’t discourage me! Warmer days are ahead.” I’m wrapped in a thick sweater, mentally preparing our traditional Easter feast, which consists of homemade scalloped potatoes, French-style green beans sautéed with…

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