Milestone & Miracle Today my father turns 97. An amazing milestone, though people over 85 are the fastest growing segment of the population. According to the 2019 Profile of Older Americans (click to read) “The 85 and older population is projected to more than double from 6.5 million to 14.4 million in 2040.” My father…

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Milestones Our Roman ancestors were a clever lot. Among other things, they came up with the idea of milestones. The first Roman milestones appeared on the Appian way. At Centre Rome is the “Golden Milestone” marking the center of the empire. This Golden Milestone inspires the Zero Milestone in Washington, D.C. All roads in the United States flow…

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Italian Sweet Pies The Italian word TORTA means both cake and pie. In my family it always means a delicious sweet pie. Of the three sweet tortas most often served, my favorite, and the sweetest of all, is the chocolate torta. Chocolate torta is a mainstay, always found on the dessert table at family celebrations.…

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Funny Men Every family has a stand-out great uncle, one who would always brings a smile or a laugh when around. My friend, Lorraine, writes … “I have a great uncle story to share. My great Uncle Frank was my Grandmother’s brother on my mother’s side.  He and his wife Mildred would come to our house…

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Aunt Dorina I first learn about great aunts when I am five years old. One day, in the mail, my mother receives a bulging envelope from a Louisville relative. Sitting next to my mother in our kitchen on Artesian St. in Detroit, MI a wild curiosity overwhelms me as she unfurls the contents. With the…

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2020 – What a Bummer! Have you ever been really down due to illness, pain or both? Then, in a moment of deep depression, a friend comes along and talks you back. My friend, Rose called and gave me just such an experience. In early December I was struggling with Covid19. On one foggy-brain day,…

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GOOBLE, GOOBLE Turkey, what an interesting word. A turkey by definition is “a large mainly domesticated game bird native to North America, having a bald head and (in the male) red wattles. It is prized as food, especially on festive occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.” Yet the word turkey has another meaning which fits…

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An Old Story As the world evolves and the hero and heroine take on new meaning in an ever unfolding new mythology, I find it particularly fun to look back at a time when the male function was to act and the female’s function was just to be, caring for others and protecting hearth and…

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What I Thought… My four grandparents died between the ages of 53 and 77. My longest-living grandmother died at age 77, and she seemed old from my 27-year-old perspective. Now in my early seventies, my thoughts are evolving concerning who is old. My mother just recently died at 94 and my father lives on, just…

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The best month of the year to idle is August. Idling is just astonishing! Don’t you just love the word “IDLE?” The definition of idle is “(1) (of a person) avoiding work; lazy or (2) without purpose or effect; pointless.” Idleness gets a really bad rap. My friend, Deb, and I just recently took a…

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