Nani’s Notes

April Showers bring May Flowers

"A TIME FOR DANCING" - It can make the body sore and the soul soar.   Hiding behind my mother's chair was my favorite place to take dance lessons.  My five-year-old brain thought that rather than being a small spectacle on the dance floor, no...

Lessons from the Garden “Sweet Peas and Sweet Peace”

Many parts of the world are still gripped with frozen weather, while other areas are on the fringes of spring time.  Here in our little corner of the world, spring has sprung and it's time to plant a garden.  The most unlikely candidates for delicate...

If it ever gets to the point that we have only one bite of food left to eat…

A generation or two ago, kids played real games with real kids, unaided by electronic distractions. We loved playing an old German game called "The Farmer in the Dell," a musical chanting game played out in a circle of friends. One verse announces, "The...

New Year’s Resolutions

MOVE and SHAKE Where are you on the Richter Scale of Life? A major earthquake fault line lurked beneath the lovely spot we landed on to celebrate Christmas.  It reminded us that lives can change instantly so we should record on today's gift of life that...
Star Wars and Christmas

Star Wars and Christmas

Away from the Dark Side It's Christmas time and everywhere you look is a reminder that the greatest event of the season is a continuation of the Star Wars saga. Outdoing the displays of the Nativity, are the displays of the "must have" merchandise of the...

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Worth Saluting

Worth Saluting

Rushing into the market, my eyes dashed around the unfamiliar layout of a neighborhood grocery store. Suddenly, as I turned the corner of the frozen section, wobbling directly toward me, came an elderly gentleman with slumped shoulders wearing a cap embellished with...

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Eyeballs and Fried Brains

Eyeballs and Fried Brains

From Nani's Notes:  "Nothing gives you a better day on Halloween than a good hair day.  Make sure you use a lot of 'scare-spray.'"  The fear factor of Halloween was not normally my forte.  Ghouls, goblins, bats, black cats...

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A Tribute to Mother

A Tribute to Mother

L-E-O-N-A. That's the name my grandparents chose for the woman I would call Mother. Even as a teenager, I never called her Mom. She was classy and kind. The classy part meant that we had to iron the tablecloths and set the table properly. It meant that she always...

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