Category Archives: Childhood

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Gerrit Kleinheksel and his wife Bertha set their minds to building a big sturdy farmhouse in 1905. The deep dark pine was abundant and the fresh scent of sawdust filled the air as the handsaws sliced back and forth. The … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Dad

Dear Dad, Happy Birthday Dad! It would be your 95th birthday today and I am thinking about your past life, and what it would possibly be today. If you wouldn’t have had to begin suffering strokes and then finally die … Continue reading

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My Dad…

My dad was a hard-working farmer who loved to talk to people. I can’t remember him ever telling me in words that he loved me. Hugging was also not really done in my family. My old-fashioned Dutch dad was very … Continue reading

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The Pretty Place

 The overgrown trail was dotted with purple, white and yellow in the spring. The whole area was called the “gullies.” Grabbing unto tree branches along the way, my senses filled  deeply with the grassy muddy smell. In the famous movie “Chronicles … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Isn’t Always Simple

Mother’s Day. A day when all the ladies are honored and everything is flowers and sunshine all around. Hold on. Let’s not forget the ones who have lost their moms. Motherless daughters. It could be that a woman has lost … Continue reading

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Mrs. Miller…an unforgettable teacher…and another in the series on trees…

A tree can have such special meanings and purposes. You might ask what that has to do with a woman named Mrs. Miller. I have a schefflera tree sitting in my dining room which has endured. If you know me, … Continue reading

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A Harvest Night

That fall feeling was in the air. The smell of corn husks and leaves. The chill that makes you pull your coat closed. Maybe I was 8 or 9 years old. Often I’d sit on top of the warm pile … Continue reading

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