Author Archives: Valerie

Dear Eunice, There’s something about the end of one year and the beginning of another to make me pause and reflect. The older I get those thoughts are often anchored in the distant past. The minutia floating around in my … Continue reading

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  Dear Eunice, Doesn’t it seem as though Christmas comes sooner every year? Back in the day, Christmas came after Thanksgiving. Now it comes after Labor Day. There were Halloween things mixed with Christmas goodies in numerous stores around town … Continue reading

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Grandma was the smartest person I ever knew. Her formal education included a degree from Mount Pleasant Normal School, but her knowledge went much deeper. She loved games, and turned every one into a lesson. It could be a lesson … Continue reading

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What’s the best thing next to independence? Gathered at the edge of Lake Independence is Big Bay, Michigan. Big Bay is called “the best thing next to Independence.” The lake empties into and is separated from Lake Superior by a … Continue reading

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At the turn of the century there were lists of the 100 best books written in the last 100 years found in many different publications. My oldest daughter and I decided we would take one list and read all of … Continue reading

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Do you love to hear the words Road Trip? I know I do, but before the words are spoken I know a road trip is imminent. Squirrels scurry, and so do humans. In and out of the house, up and … Continue reading

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Oh, the sweet smells of Christmas! There are so many I can’t decide which one is my favorite. Right now I smell gingerbread cookies, and it is overwhelming because Val just took a batch out of the oven. Gingerbread might … Continue reading

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