Tag Archives: growing up

Attack of the Giant Spider and Other Tales from My Childhood

My Real Memoir As wonderful as my babysitter’s magical garden was, it clearly wasn’t up to OSHA standards.* But then I grew up in an era when kids were expected to fall out of trees, stub their toes, fall off … Continue reading

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Frieda’s Magical Garden

“Orange Grove” painting by Tom Brown My Real Memoir At the ripe old age of three, I began spending my days in a magical place. As previously stated, Mom and Dad were both working, and I’d been dishonorably discharged from … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Comfort Food

Full Stomach, Fuller Heart (an occasional series) I really should write about “turkey with all the trimmings. After all, it’s the American Thanksgiving meal. And I do love it. But Thanksgiving means tons of preparation. And most of my food-associated … Continue reading

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Summer Camp Forever!

Summer Memories In my memory, the words summer and camp are inseparable. Our local YMCA had an extensive program for teenies through teenagers, and I was hooked! Little Kids Camp was held in a pine-filled grove right there in suburban … Continue reading

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My Scar Stories

“If Adventure has a Name…” Impulsive actions make great movie scenes. But in real life they can get you killed. Or worse: in trouble with Mom and Dad. I mentioned previously that I was clumsy. I’ve come to the conclusion … Continue reading

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My Age of Anxiety

Part One: Step on a Crack (True story. Wish it wasn’t. Then again…) There were signs early on, but I was too young to know what they meant. When I was in primary school I heard the phrase, “Step on … Continue reading

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Parenting Illustrated

Raising a Toddler: Raising a Teenager: Parent’s School Experience: Child’s School Experience: Parent’s Goals for Teenager: Teenager’s Goals: Off to College! After College: Any Questions?

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Speaking the Truth

God is love. Hence, if we do not speak out of love, we do not speak for God. Period. ∴ Not exactly a holiday message. But then again, maybe it is. May you be blessed by knowing, giving and receiving true … Continue reading

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Mom, I Always Knew You Loved Me

See video below. Mom was 20 when I was born—twenty times as old as me. But when I turned 10, I suddenly realized that she was now only three times as old as me. And when I reached 20 she would … Continue reading

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The Wishing Map 3

Note: To read The Wishing Map from the beginning, click here. The Wishing Map Chapter One: The Double Moon (continued) Previously: Mike’s bike shop attempted to snatch a carpet out of the hands of a passing red-headed woman. Zack Dore missed it, … Continue reading

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