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Tag: Family

Finding Family

My name is Lilly Irish. “Finding Family” is my story. Now I don’t want to get into detail, you need to buy the book for that, but I can tell you there was no bigger surprise to me than having my dead sister’s daughter call me up out of the blue. Like I needed that… Read More ›

Finding Family

Finding Family What happens to a widow whose quiet life is interrupted when an estranged niece arrives on her doorstep with three children and a dog of questionable breeding in tow? From the moment they blow into her life on a windy fall night and Krank the dog pees on her carpet, Lilly Irish begins… Read More ›

BLIND CURVE

Blind Curve Excerpt

We strode down the dank second floor hallway of Framington Apartments. Hard rock pulsed beyond the flimsy door of Unit 233, our destination. Yelled curses added to the racket. As first on scene, I stepped forward to knock. Ramirez pushed me aside and banged hard on the flimsy door. “Police! Open up!” The yelling stopped. The music didn’t…. Read More ›

In memory – a personal essay

My sister died unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep sometime New Year’s Day morning. As far as her caregivers – my other sister and her husband – knew, she was not ill, and yet she quietly made her way out of this life and into the next on a schedule only God knows. She was… Read More ›

Tom McDonald

Dispatch New Mexico

Thanks to a world that’s ‘wide enough’ By Tom McDonald It’s that time of year, when America gives thanks. It’s my favorite holiday of the year, and for good reason. Not only is it good for my soul to count my many blessings, it is also time for my annual trip to home and hearth…. Read More ›

Lanie's Quilt

Made with love

I made my first quilt. Not that I haven’t made quilts, I have, but always the tie kind. I’ve never actually made an honest to goodness quilted quilt. I’m proud of the finished product, not so much because of the perfection of the end result (it is FAR from perfect), but because I didn’t give… Read More ›

The Lamp

RALPHIE!

  It can’t be Christmas! Ralphie hasn’t made an appearance, with everyone running interference keeping Ralphie from getting his perfect gift. Still our hero refuses to shift. With his dream do NOT trifle, Ralphie wants the Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle! My husband is no fan of movies, but A… Read More ›

For the most special of occasions…

My challenge for December is to post – among other posts – links to uplifting stories and videos, be it music or news that makes us smile for a while. Enjoy, comment, like and share. If you have a personal, or local story to share, please contact fsharon@msn.com with a lead and I’ll follow up…. Read More ›

Turkey

Too Much Turkey

My first memory of Thanksgiving was the year I ate turkey three times, once at my aunt’s, (which was okay, she wasn’t much of a cook so I didn’t overeat), once at my grandmother’s, (which was unfortunate because she was a fantastic cook and I ate too much), and finally at home where I looked… Read More ›

Orage Flowers

Flower Power

When I bought these (I think from Salman Ranch Nursery near Mora), I believe it said ‘daisy’ on the sticker. These don’t look like daisies. What you don’t see in this photo is another clump of similar flowers – mostly gone now – that have sort of striped petals. I know, weird, huh? A walk… Read More ›

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