The Christmas Dinner

The Christmas Dinner Every year my family and I would drive 18 hours from North Carolina to Florida to have Christmas dinner with my mom, and to escape the bitter cold. Mom didn’t travel much so this was the one time of the year she could see her grandchildren. I’m an only child and felt… Continue reading


The Cold and Warm of Christmas

Winter Mountain

The Cold and Warm of Christmas IT’S THE WONDERFUL COLD THAT I REMEMBER SO WELL! My grandparents’ house was wonderful in all the glorious western NC mountain seasons. Delightfully fragrant and warm springs, temperate sunny summers, chilly and colorful autumns and cold bright winters. Oh, the winters with snow and ice and majestic mountaintops covered… Continue reading


Thanksgiving Dinner Talk

Turkey Image

Thanksgiving is here and this is the perfect time to gather family stories while everyone is together. The family is all getting together for dinner.  This presents an opportunity if you can avoid the obstacles it also presents. What obstacles? You might ask?  Well, it’s the choices we make about conversations. There are a few… Continue reading


Disaster and Family Treasures

Damage to family history

Disaster and family treasures; not so odd a paring. The things we own have stories. Seeing and touching your family history is gratifying. Sometimes things have stories. Seeing and touching your family history is gratifying.. It is hard for me to explain to others how much it means to have “things” from my ancestors.  Some of… Continue reading


After a flood

After the flood

After a flood Guidelines for Taking Care of Your Personal Heritage Resources for Conserving Flood Damaged Photos, Antiques and Heirlooms As I sit here in Durham, NC watching the news and see the tremendous damage left behind by hurricane Matthew, my heart goes out to all the victims.  The loss of life here (26 so… Continue reading