Sixty-Nine Years of Memories

Sixty-Nine Years of Memories

Smokey Mountain fall foliage drenched our honeymoon with stunning colors sixty-four years ago. Yesterday, baffling images swirled around me as I celebrated this  anniversary without my partner. Five years of dates before uttering those famous words, “I do” contain many precious memories also. Through out the years we watched leaves turn from green, to yellows and reds and always declared fall the best season. Today, he would love the stunning shimmering reds filling the view out my apartment window. Never the less, through the years, as soon as spring flowering trees burst into bloom we always declared, “spring is the best. I eagerly anticipate holding Zero Meridian, Five Degrees North (Rodney’s biography) in my hands before Christmas. Not...

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Springtime at Claridge Court

Springtime at Claridge Court

Rodney and I spent many years together exclaiming every year, “Spring is my favorite time of the year.” Now I look out my apartment window at the glories of my fourth spring at Claridge Court and think once again how much he would love it here. The majestic colors of 2016 unfold. First a dash of yellow and purple close to the ground, followed by rows of trees blossoming white. Then unimaginable pinkish shades (deep pink, french rose, coral pink, salmon pink, fuchsia, magenta) join the parade in every direction. Suddenly Mallards discover free meals below my office window. Then a pair of house finches set up house right by Claridge’s front door. A camera doesn’t come close to capturing the wonder of it all…but I keep hoping it will....

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Awesome 85th Birthday

Awesome 85th Birthday

Maybe birthdays get more awesome with each passing year. Is that due to gratefulness that we are still here…and doing quite well, thank you. Or is it that friends and family are just glad we haven’t caused any big upset this year? In any case, March 22 was an amazing day and included so many wonderful birthday greetings on Facebook. Thank you one and all for such fun reading your greetings.  A fabulous lunch with good friends, Diana and Mason Ormsby was followed by the three of us hiking along their lake at Cedar Creek. Beautiful day and a fun time. I took another short hike by myself at Baker Wetlands in the late afternoon. That wonderful spot has been reconstructed because of the new Highway 10 being built to link the highway east of town with the...

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A Tribute to Betty

A Tribute to Betty

Another dear friend and colleague died this week. Betty Pesek and I first met on the west side of Chicago in April, 1967 at the Ecumenical Institute. Forty-eight years ago this month. In early 1967, staff at the EI developed a tactic they called “the Trilogy” to further their strategy of recruiting and involving affluent suburban women in implementing the Ecumenical Institute’s plans for the future. Lyn Mathews and Addie Gregory were assigned to recruit women who had been RS-1 participants. The Trilogy, three Wednesday luncheons in April were the first experience in the west-side ghetto for many. The women learned the story of 5th City, toured the neighborhood by bus, visited the Preschool and were blasted into a new awareness by the story of Charlie...

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Everyday Wonder is Available Now

Everyday Wonder is Available Now

Kaze and I are excited to announce the launch of Everyday Wonder, from Kansas to Kenya – from Ecuador to Ethiopia. Available on Amazon.com – also at Bruce Smith Pharmacy in Prairie Village, KS – as well as from either one of us. Read more about our new book    

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A cold damp walk

A cold damp walk

A cold damp walk in Loose Park with no people. Only beautiful trees bidding goodbye to fall. As good as a walk in France Here I have memories of walking with Rodney–whose 87th B-day would be tomorrow.

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