On one girls-only weekend at the beach, one of my friends spent her time looking up her family ancestry. Occasionally, she would let us know about a branch of her family tree that she had discovered, and from listening to her talk, it sounded like her family was full of rogues and adventurers. (I am sure that there were pleasant, everyday people as well, but she didn't share those tales with us.)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 5, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! After a long and super busy week full of birthday and Christmas celebrations, I finally had a moment to sit down, go through some photos, and jot down a few thoughts.
As you can tell, our little family is BIG on traditions. Even thought I come from a terribly dysfunctional family, we had quite a few of our own and…
Added by Karla Gibbs on December 28, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments
She was a simple, small-town girl, a virgin whose obedience meant she was about to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah.
He was a carpenter, visited by an angel and called to a holy mission that would change not only his life, but the entire course of mankind.
Added by Kishona Lape on December 22, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
We went to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles for lunch, because Teen wanted THE definitive ramen bowl experience. We found so much more there than just restaurants and Asian architecture. You can find our post HERE. Would love feedback from this group!
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Do you notice wrinkles on your face after you wake up in the morning. They are called ‘sleep lines’ and become deeper and deeper with ages. Elizabeth Bloch, who was growing in Mumbai, India, made this problem her business. Why did she do this? She started to notice that in her 40s all methods she used…Continue
Added by Stacy Green on May 22, 2015 at 8:12am — No Comments
Joel Fox has spent over 30 years in California politics, serving on numerous state commissions, working on many ballot issue campaigns, and advising candidates. An adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University, Fox has authored hundreds of opinion pieces for numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, USA…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on April 24, 2015 at 8:50am — No Comments
A few weeks ago, I thought my memory could use some work. But after talking with some friends about my memory gaps, I've determined that I have a pretty good memory. I can remember little details around my childhood; lectures that I attended in college and loads of details about my time with my wonderful husband.…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 5, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments
When I started reading this book, the first thoughts which came into my mind were that, it’s amazing how ignorant one can be, about events which happened in your own…Continue
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Gerald Lombard, is on a mission, he is searching for Tanya Brodovskaya, he knows how to recognise her, and so he goes to Red Square, after all, he’s been told, she is always there ‘on any Wednesday.’ Then he sees her, just as she had been described to him, and she agrees to tell her story, and so the…Continue
Added by Susan Keefe on May 23, 2014 at 6:09am — No Comments
There is a history podcast that I listen to (mostly in my car). In addition to telling me little-known stories about famous rulers, the podcast also spins tales about lesser-known figures. Sometimes the details that are included astound me - what people ate, how they spent their free time and even the exact reasons for their deaths.…Continue
My son is telling me a story. It is a story about a day he spent just with me because Daddy was on a motorcycle trip. He tells me about the fun that we had during the day, including doing yoga together, making some blueberry oatmeal bars, cleaning the house, playing some board games together and then reading a new book together.
There was nothing special about the day - it was just a normal Saturday, but here's the thing: It's accurate. All the events he describes to me were…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 9, 2014 at 6:57am — No Comments
My husband and I have been together for 17 years. And during that time, we've shared a wonderful son, a collection of amazing travel photos and a series of shared memories. We share those memories even when we don't mean to.…
F.W. Abel was born in the city of New York, long ago enough to have not even been a teenager at the beginning of the Civil War Centennial. He escaped from Fordham University with a degree in psychology into the U.S. Army. The army had him function as a psychologist for a while, until he…
A fascinating story of discovery spanning the 20th and 21st Centuries.
About the book: When Jay Harding is given his grandmother June’s diary after her death he discovers a vivid picture depicting one Englishwoman’s life from childhood during the dark times of wartime Britain up to the present day. But he’s already learned dark secrets. Prior to her passing his…Continue
Added by Susan Keefe on February 10, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments
Amazing stories from a retired fire fighter.
About the book: Every firefighter has a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell and the stories more often than not are instructional as well as exciting. When I was a firefighter, I kept notes of the fires I responded to. Now that I am retired, I have reflected on my career as a firefighter and have written a second book about the men alongside…Continue
Added by Susan Keefe on November 4, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments
I love to pass down to my daughter things that I used to have when I was a little girl. It's like I'm sharing a tiny piece of my history with her. For example, she has my old baby ring that she wears on a necklace, as well as some of my old baby clothes that she uses to dress up her stuffed animals. And recently, she hit the ultimate jackpot when my mom came across my old Raggedy Ann doll up in the attic. She was so excited to have…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 23, 2013 at 4:25pm — No Comments
Thus begins this psychological mystery. One has to admit, it is a great hooky first line for a book!
What if, in a moment of thoughtless anger, you were to wish your best friend’s demise, then, soon after, that friend ended up dead?
This is the story of our smart, beautiful,…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on July 25, 2013 at 4:17pm — No Comments
Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. She can recall writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three, so she started finishing her books the day after her retirement became official. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of Canadian literary presses. Her story, “What Kelly Did”, won the prestigious Arthur…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on July 19, 2013 at 8:22am — No Comments
Do you remember playing Ring Around the Rosie as a child? I do! I remember playing this game when I was fairly young. When my son came home from daycare a few days ago saying “posies, posies” while grabbing his older brother’s hand. I was trying to figure out what he was talking about. My son…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on May 8, 2013 at 4:24pm — No Comments