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Good River Blog: Getting reacquainted with Ohio

Good River Blog: Getting reacquainted with Ohio

Good River Blog Getting reacquainted with Ohio Early memories of my childhood in Northeast Ohio revolve around days filled with imaginative free play and story-time. Me and brother John, adopted from Korea when we were both one, grew up as if were twins—at least that...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Baba Once Diane discovered the library, she would read the books she checked out several times while waiting to get a new selection the next Saturday. One of her favorites was, The Moffat Family, by Eleanor Estes. The story was about a young, widowed mother with four...

Guest poet and blogger, Josie Aslakson

Guest poet and blogger, Josie Aslakson

1/13/20 "New year’s written word felts the pen rather than vice versa. I hear the words mourn a lost love. I feel the girl drown under eons of good intention. I free the ankles that were once shark bait-- tear a hole in this landslide of an undedicated love story. I...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

A discovery Diane woke early that Saturday morning. For breakfast she had a slice of rye bread with sweet cream butter. And for the first time—coffee. Her mother filled the stoneware mug, half with fresh steamed milk and half with dark roast. Diane let the warm liquid...

An antidote to 9/11:  Talk to a Boomer

An antidote to 9/11: Talk to a Boomer

An antidote to 9/11 Talk to a Boomer Memories of that morning 19 years ago are vivid. Most Americans remember that day similar to what their grandparents and great-grandparents remember of December 7, 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I remember the day like it was...

A new venture: Puppy Raiser

A new venture: Puppy Raiser

Though it was incredibly difficult saying goodbye to Bear, our wonderful German Shepherd, this past spring, I know the importance of continuing to live life to its fullest. We are all on this earth for a short period of time - and I appreciate the cycle of life, even...

A little story about Bear

A little story about Bear

He picked me I didn’t choose him. New Year’s Day in Germany we drove to a farm outside Frankfurt—not far from Eric’s Army unit. We were going to do a better, more professional job this time. We were going to do a test before buying. When we arrived, a stocky farmer...

My mother-in-law taught me how to manage being an Army wife

My mother-in-law taught me how to manage being an Army wife

My mother-in-law taught me how to manage being an Army wife “If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.” ~ Emily Dickinson My mother-in-law,...

Army wife life: Unterklausen

Army wife life: Unterklausen

Army wife life Unterklausen Part III Danny squirmed in his BabyBjorn. I shifted his weight so he could peer out over rim. I passed the farmhouse next door, a four-level home on a hill higher than ours. The old man who liked to talk about the war was standing outside...

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