March 28, 2019

Fried chicken is a nostalgic American meal.

Whenever I bite through the crispy skin into the juicy white meat beneath, I feel a rush back to my childhood, sitting with friends and family and enjoying togetherness.

I don't think I'm the only one who remembers happy family...

March 25, 2019

After being cooped up all winter, it feels good to finally see something on the schedule that involves getting out and "stretching our wings," as my mother would say.

Country drives are a chance to shake out the kinks in our joints and see the world come alive again.


March 20, 2019

The first time I heard Timber Creek Strings, I fell in love with the smooth, lyrical blend of stringed instruments. I could have tapped my toes all night, and forgotten about the refreshments (although those certainly weren't bad, either).

I know that you will like thi...

March 18, 2019

I've never been an optimist, probably because I grew up in a somewhat cynical family. My tendency is to see a dark cloud on the horizon and forget that this moment in sunny.

But this does not build a joyful life. God calls us higher--to a life that is perfumed with joy,...

March 14, 2019

One of the most fun things about activities here at the Home is the variety of people who come in to perform for our residents. We have everyone from therapy dogs to flutists to dramatic speeches to ukelele music.

Having Merrilee Dance Company come every year is a huge...

March 11, 2019

This time of year, spring fever starts to hit me hard. We are so close to spring, and yet I know that March is too unpredictable to plant my garden, plan picnics, or schedule barbecues.

There are a lot of things we have to wait on--things like gardening weather, Christm...

March 7, 2019

Saturday is National Day of Unplugging.

Technology is a blessing. It helps us to keep track of all sorts of things--grocery lists, how much we spent on gas, even how many steps we took in a day.

But technology is also a curse. The average American spends five hours a day...

March 4, 2019

March always feels like turning a corner to me. I realize that just because the calendar says March 1, does not mean there will be no more snow for the year, but in March, it never lasts long. I can easily forgive snow if it agrees to melt quickly.

Hope seems to begin a...

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