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How do the family stories even get started? I’m a Southerner, no matter where I was born and raised. My father’s family landed in Virginia before the Lees. Our particular patriline dipped south of the border into North Carolina after a few generations and then a few generations later started moving westward. Our forefathers went […]

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Had I been introduced to summer storms in New York, I think I’d hate them. The start of a summer squall in midtown will blow a week’s worth of grit, gravel and smelly things you’d rather not identify in your face. It’s different, back home. The first gusts of a summer storm there bring a […]

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February is over, and with it the “Special Days” project. We had entries this month from 22 different contributors. (Way to go!).  March’s theme is Wind. That one is full too. Hope we get as good a box of chocolates as we did in January and February. Everyone who did contribute in February . . . take a bow. […]

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Happy birthday Papouli George. Papouli is Greek for grandfather. My paternal grandfather was born on the Greek island of Ikaria on this day in 1892. Today would be his 30th birthday, if he were still alive. Yeah, he would be 124 years old, but because he was born on February 29, he would only have […]

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Today is my birthday. It is also what we might term a “milestone” birthday – I am 50. It will have stuff associated with it – you know, travel, food, goals, off-key singing – not a party per se but celebrations. We even have balloons.   The last time I had a no-kidding birthday party, […]

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The theme for March is Wind. Anything to do with wind. Pretty broad topic, I thought. Maybe I was wrong because we still have four openings with February sweeping to an end.  We need four stout-hearted Ricochetti to step up and take one of the days. It is not hard, honest. Pick something to do […]

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In 1939, a group of Munchkins in the make-believe Land of Oz rejoiced at the death of the evil witch that had kept them enslaved. As they danced throughout their town and across the movie screen, they warbled these iconic lines:  Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch! Ding Dong! […]

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With every child’s birth, a family gains a new special day, the birthdates of the new additions. My wife and I were in our mid forties unable to have children, and so we decided after a number of years of trying the natural way, and then trying the natural way with enhancing treatments, all without […]

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February is slipping away, and openings remain in our March writing project: Wind. There are four day until we open the new month, and we have eight slots unfilled – over a week’s worth. Are there going to be windswept gaps this month? Are some days going to be dust in the wind? Will the […]

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Gone With the Wind? It will be if you do not act soon. Our March series has wind as its theme. Anything to do with wind. Even novels or movies with the word wind in the title (Inherit the Wind or Sharknado). Or an experience with wind. Or wind phenomena. Anything. This is your chance to […]

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She made my day, because we weren’t even talking about American history. I took a deliberate simple little side-tour into English history that had relation at all to the curriculum. American history is so much more meaningful when you have some grasp of what came before. So we were talking about kings. Not quite as fascinating as […]

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Yep. We have another Group Writing series scheduled in March. The theme is Wind – anything to do with wind. A personal experience with wind. Something meteorologically related to wind. The cosmic wind. Breaking wind (although someone has taken that one). Windy speakers. Breezy writing styles. Wind-based sports and hobbies. Anything. Except – our goal is […]

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The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind. Yep. We put out a call for volunteers for Group Writing’s March Series – Wind – earlier this week. So how many openings do we still have? Too many. Each month we seek out Ricochetti to post a conversation on a common theme. In March the theme is wind. […]

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Today is the four month anniversary of my older brother’s memorial service in Ithaca, NY. In order to describe that day and why it was special, I need to cover some background. Frank died of leukemia on September 14th after a long battle. He had been treated aggressively with chemo and full transfusions. The doctors […]

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If you consult your Funk & Wagnalls Abridged, you’ll learn that spring begins on the equinox. Then the most direct light from the sun hits the Equator, that geometric point moving on it’s journey  north to the Tropic of Cancer. Then we’ll see a Solstice and then Summer for three months. That’s all useful to […]

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“Oh, deer! In the fall, bulls of this species – aka the wapiti – fight for harems that can number up to 60.” This was a clue on Jeopardy last month. It was the $1000 clue, so I assume it was expected to be difficult. But, I was surprised when no contestant could give the […]

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FILLED! March approaches. This means it is time to organizes another monthly theme-based writing project. Since March is about wind I have arbitrarily decided that will be the March theme. Write something about wind. It can be about March wind, or ocean winds, or solar wind. Windy speakers or windy cities. The summer wind that came blowing in from across the […]

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Valentines Day is not much of a big deal in my house. My wife’s birthday comes a few days later and that is the day she wants to celebrate. Before I met my wife, February 14th was nothing more than the middle of the month. Valentine’s Day 1998 was different. While it may not have […]

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