Nolichucky West

Keeping Memories – The Beach

In The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin advises being a “treasure house of happy memories.” She adds a lot of research as to why this can contribute to overall happiness, it makes sense. Quickly before the feelings vanished I wanted to document some of my vacation to the beach and give special mementos to the family […]

My Home My Hobby-Seashells

When summer arrives I pull out my copy of Gift From the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It’s one of those books of Mother’s that has multiple passages underlined and starred. Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote the series of essays while on a beach vacation, it is about aging, peace, solitude, love, and contentment. I love […]

Celebrating Father’s Day

“She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father. She never questioned it, never thought about it, never even realized that before she made any decision of importance the reflex, ‘What would Atticus do?’ passed through her unconscious; she never […]

Vintage Trays

In my beloved copy of Ripping Things To Do by Jane Brocket there is a little section about “Creative Tray Food” with an excerpt from a story where a young boys mum left him supper on a tray. There were lovely little numbered packages that held his meal. There’s also a bit about Paddington bear […]

Snail Mail Project- Little Scallop Notes

This funny scallop puppet would come to visit my classroom when we were studying sea life. He would close up tightly when he was shy or the room was noisy, and when asked politely he would open up to peek at the children. Along with his puppet pal Hermit Crab he helped the children learn […]

What I Learned in May

  I was able to take a vacation with my children and grandchildren in May. We celebrated a belated Mother’s Day during a week on the beach. We stayed in a quiet bay that was a short walk away from the big wide ocean. My writing notebook was ready to go, pages marked, newly sharpened pencil […]

Life In General- Letters From Ruby

The first time I ever opened Mother’s trunk of letters I did so expressly for the purpose of searching for important documents and recycling the rest. What I discovered in that trunk were bundles of letters from Aunt Ruby, some in longhand, and some typewritten, often with snapshots or newspaper clippings, but always lengthy and […]

Monday Wash Day-Aunt Irene’s Quilt

I never met my Aunt Irene, or maybe I did but I was too small to remember.  I think of her as a brave soul who joined households with my grandmother after each was widowed. They took turns earning money and caring for their five children during some of the darkest days of the depression. […]