Life Adventures

We Must Always Be Thankful

Each of us has a book inside of us and a story to tell. If I ever say we should be thankful I don’t mean we should be thankful just because we were adopted, and we should not be thankful just because society expects us to feel that way. The word “grateful” has become twisted… Continue reading We Must Always Be Thankful

Childhood Memories, Life Adventures

The Empty House

The living room of my childhood home in New Albany, Indiana. 1725 Grantline Road. I always wanted to slide down the stairs but the post at the bottom would surely cause embarrassing injury. If one was obese it may have been difficult to squeeze through the narrow archway to the kitchen. The heating vents were… Continue reading The Empty House

Family Life, Life Adventures

Thank You, Earth. The International Dinner Party

August 16, 2015. Beginning in 1993 as a small get-together between friends to show thanks and mutual respect, the International Dinner is celebrated every year. Prepared with love, shown are some of the delicious native dishes from family and friends for the 22nd Annual Dinner. United States:  American beef hamburger sliders, Ham and Cheese Ball,… Continue reading Thank You, Earth. The International Dinner Party


The Blade of Grass

You may analyze my brain To see what is inside You might think I am disturbed With thoughts I cannot hide When I caress this blade of grass All things I understand Beauty right before our eyes Life's just one thin, green strand I once held a jar of fish Their colors splashed for all… Continue reading The Blade of Grass

Tales of Imagination

Dearest Almaria

Dearest Almaria, You always said it is never too late to apologize to someone, right? Do you remember when we chose our fine china for our wedding present? I wanted solid and you wanted floral. I was a little grumpy when you decided on the ones with the purple lilacs and green vines, but every… Continue reading Dearest Almaria

Gallery of Diamonds, Life Adventures, Philosophy, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

The Benefit of Giving

Years ago I remember spending time with my little girl reading children's books.  I’m not sure who enjoyed the stories more but there is one tale I will never forget.  It was called, "Milo and the Magical Stones." Milo was a mouse that lived on an island with other mice. He discovered a beautiful, shiny,… Continue reading The Benefit of Giving

Life Adventures


“Let’s go, Minda!”  Marcus was already running late for work at his jewelry store, and had the car warmed up and headed in the direction of Minda’s school.  “Why do you always have to be exactly three minutes late, Minda? Just start getting ready three minutes early in the morning. Problem solved.” “I couldn’t find… Continue reading Dad-Dreaming

Gallery of Diamonds, Life Adventures, Philosophy, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

Create a Legacy

Many a person has dreamed of leaving a legacy. An athlete dreams of a world record. A scientist dreams of a formula to help us better understand our world.  A musician dreams of a melody that will be hummed for the next hundred years. My dream is to give every child the opportunity to express… Continue reading Create a Legacy