Category Archive: On Passing

They Also Served – US Coast Guard Merchant Marines

Ask someone to name the branches of the U.S. armed forces, and you will most likely hear, “Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines”. Many overlook the fifth and smallest branch, the US Coast Guard,… Continue reading

Mom Today’s Diary

What was it like to be a 17 year old Polish immigrant teenage girl in Chicago in 1948? My Mother-in-law, who passed from this life on the day after Mother’s Day 2015, left… Continue reading

On Solitude

I spent a week alone in that little A-Frame beach cottage recently.  I did have some time with friends who dropped by, making sure I was okay…but mostly, I spent the time alone… Continue reading

Dreams in Ashes

Dreams in Ashes from Irene’s high school diary… the sequel to “Decisions”. July 14, 1949


My decision will be either this one…. Or This One… As the story goes, Irene was in love with Don, and during her senior year of high school she spoke of barn dances… Continue reading

Amber Fields of Grain

“If this invisible germ of life in the grain of wheat can thus pass unimpaired through three thousand resurrections, I shall not doubt that my soul has power to clothe itself with a body suited… Continue reading

On Purpose

Disclaimer: this post is going to be a little wordy. In 2009, I returned home to Jacksonville, Florida to spend a week at the beach with my old friend Libby. Libby and I… Continue reading


Remembering Daddy The things that he did to show us he cared. The sound of his voice. The wisdom he shared. A piece of advice I’ll never forget. The way that he lived,… Continue reading


I said some Goodbyes today… I completed a mission…. I did it with some lifelong friends, and for that, I’m grateful. Soak it all up, every single second, and simply Be. Right Here,… Continue reading

On Passing

We must not weep at an end for there is no end. We are not what we were. We cannot lose what we have gained. We have met, we have touched each other… Continue reading