Category Archives: links to my past

Omaha Beach – reflections on sacred ground

Normandy. When I hear that word, I immediately think of the beaches where so many soldiers lost their lives, trying to take a toehold on the continent that had been all but engulfed by Hitler during WWII. Between our visits … Continue reading

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Family Traditions – 63 years at the lake near Boulder Junction WI

This year is the 63rd family reunion we’ve had at Fishtrap Lake. Not much changes over time up here. We still sit on the dock with our morning coffee, ride around the lake on my brother-in-law’s pontoon, and play Scrabble … Continue reading

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West Coast Swing: taking my own advice

Last night I found myself in the arms of a stranger, 40 years my junior. It can happen to anyone. You just have to put yourself out there . . . I’m visiting my daughter who’s a senior in college … Continue reading

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The two Cowes – Isle of Wight

Once the sun came out,* the Isle of Wight turned out to be lovely. Tiny gardens in front of picturesque row houses, narrow streets with cars parked in both directions on the same side, and High Street cordoned off for … Continue reading

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My father’s ghost is here

This week, we are at the annual family reunion near Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, a tradition that started 62 years ago. We still love every moment. But what we wouldn’t do to have Dad, the Master of Ceremonies, here with us … Continue reading

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Glimpses of New York – Seeing Grandma at Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty ferry trip included a stop at Ellis Island. I was excited to see it because my grandmother, my mother’s mother, came through that processing center in 1920. She was born Anna Müller in 1899 in the … Continue reading

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Sometimes I get homesick

Sometimes I get homesick. Not particularly now, when Wisconsin is in the depths of winter. Dealing with the cold and snow is too recent a memory. We lived on a corner lot in Racine with a lot of “snow acreage.” … Continue reading

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