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Happy Birthday, Gabrielle Marie!

Happy Birthday to my reluctant birthday girl!  Born twenty-three years ago on October 16, my daughter Gabrielle is the light of my life.  Best friend who can follow my thoughts and finish my sentences, Gab is my Korean drama companion and fellow coffee fiend.  She has (at times) a naughty sense of humor, a quick … Continue reading

It’s Time For A Parade!

If it’s July 4th, it’s time for a parade! In my community, as in many communities across America, a parade is the time for neighbors to come out and cheer on the family, friends, and local community groups who will walk proudly past.  In my town we haven’t always had an Independence Day parade, but … Continue reading

My Hiking Partner for Life

Several years ago (my then future husband) Bill invited me to join him and three of his children on a hiking trip.  I had no experience with hiking and had only a vague notion of the physical expectations, but with my sweetheart’s encouragement and, after some internet research, I accepted (cautiously) to join him to … Continue reading

Everything is Gift: Celebrating Mango

“Everything is gift,” Kate Fletcher, founder of Hekima Place, shared with graduates of Duquesne University. At the age of 72, living and working in Kenya, far from her American roots, Kate had had an epiphany.  Looking around her in her African home, she realized that everything she had and everything around her is gift.  “Be … Continue reading

Book Lovers Never Go To Bed Alone

“Book lovers never go to bed alone.” -Anonymous I love this quote – there’s nothing like a good book to send you off to sleep. And on a rainy day, as this one has been, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book.  From the time I was very young, I discovered the … Continue reading

Oh, Happy Spring!: A Pittsburgh Treasure

Oh, happy Spring!  It’s the time for blooms and blossoms, warmer air and sunshine. Last weekend my daughter had the opportunity to host my sister and her family when they visited her in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  One of the spectacular sights she took them to see is the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  Phipps Conservatory is … Continue reading

Welcome to the World, Baby Felix!

As a follow-up to an earlier post, To Thayer, Joey, and Baby, With Love, I’d like to share with you the happy news of Baby Felix’s entrance into the world!  Baby Felix was born on Monday, April 2, 2012.  He weighs   6 lbs., 14 oz. and is 20¼ in. long.  Although his mom, Thayer, had … Continue reading