The Mother Line

”I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela Dear Granddaughters, Can one teach courage? Maybe not – maybe you must model it. When I think of my mother-line […]

Graduation 2020 – Leap!

  Congratulations, my dear Grandson. I think often about our conversation in January when you expressed your feelings about your coming graduation. Comme ci, comme ça. You were glad to have everyone gathering in celebration, but the event itself dd not seem important to you. Interesting how life turns us around, things that seem not […]

A Family Heritage

Oletha gets some credit. Mostly, I avoid all habits that lead to being like my mother. I don’t want my feet to crackle when I put my socks on.  I hate being caught with a faraway look in the midst of family conversation that swirls unnoticed around me.  I dread the “Oletha” moments when I […]

Our Children at War

The airports are filled with soldiers this time of year.  I furtively watch and imagine their stories. A young woman sits, almost motionless; even her eyes blink slowly.  How hard is it to go home after a year of life and death in a war torn country that can’t be described? Is she dreading the […]

Welcome home, Granddaughter

It is so good to have you home.  Well, you aren’t really HOME yet.  You haven’t seen your house, seen your friends, settled into your life.  But, you have re-entered the United States.  People speak English around you.  No one stares at you. I found this letter that I wrote to you overseas. “I am […]