Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Poe Journey comes to an end. We pull into the Amtrak station in Waterloo, Indiana early in the morning...time enough to get home, drop the bags, and get to school.
Whenever I travel I know everything changes...my mind, my emotions, my life. So here I am back home ready to take on the Winter with renewed energy and a new love and appreciation of Poe.
The above article is this week's column. As always, thank you for reading!
|This was outside of the Poe House in Richmond.|
|This was again taken at the Richmond Festival.|
|Poe's grave at night. I took this before I placed a rose on the grave.|
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Here is the link to last week's column...heading to the 48 hour Poe Pilgrimage. Perhaps some of you have done the same, and if so, please share your stories.
We had time to visit Washington on the way, and it was a beautiful day!
Enjoy, and as always, thank you for reading!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Winter is definitely here to stay for a while. So, I have decided that it would be great fun to have a writing contest for kids. This would be a great thing to do on those snowy afternoons when the mittens are drying and the cookies are baking. Any child can enter the contest even if it doesn't snow where you live!
You can read all about it in this week's column. Just click on the above link and there you go.
Now pass this along to a child in your life!
Friday, January 09, 2015
I know most of my readers do not live in northern Indiana, but I wanted to tell you about this class anyway.
My daughter in law, Karen Homan, will be teaching a beginner's ballet class at Fitt4Life in Angola, Indiana beginning on Monday, January 12. The class will be offered twice a week: Monday at 8:30 and Thursday evening at 5:30. Both classes will be the same so you can choose which one fits into your schedule.
I will be taking the class on Monday. You do not need any experience to take this class, which is lucky for me!
Karen has a lot of dance experience. She was the lead dancer for Celine Dion at the opening ceremony in Atlanta several years ago. Karen has spent the last twelve years raising her two sons, but has now decided go back into dancing. I am so excited to be taking this class.
I imagine we won't have a recital, but then one never knows!
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Happy Twelfth Night
Happy Twelfth Night to all of you. Today is the last day of Christmas if you go with the 12 days of Christmas, and I do.
It is said that today is the day the Magi reached the Christ child with the gifts. It is a time of celebration for eating small cakes, giving the last of the Christmas gifts and lighting the tree for the last time.
I put candles on my tree as you can see in the photo. On this night I light them for the last time, sing the last of the Christmas songs, and say my blessings into the Holy Darkness. I love this special day although it means time to take down the Christmas greens and dim the lights in preparation for the bleak mid-winter.
I hope you have a lovely custom for this day. Perhaps you would like to share it.
So one more night of lights and singing and small cakes. Tonight when I go to sleep I will count all the Blessings of the New Year before I drift off into the dark and cold.
I added this lovely version of the song, In the Bleak Mid-Winter. Enjoy.
Monday, January 05, 2015
winter's aching moon
shadowed behind icy clouds
crescents on my floor
It seems as if the bleak mid-winter is definitely upon us. When I arose this morning and went out early to get my paper, I was greeted with the familiar greeting of Jack Frost. The art was splendidly arrayed on all my windows. The only thing I could do was to get my camera for a photo. Each windows pane on my porch was different as is each snowflake, so they say.
When my children were small they used to draw on the winter windows with thimbles. Once I had a salesman call asking me if I needed to windows. He guaranteed there would never be frost or ice on the inside of the glass. I asked him if children could draw on the windows, but again he said no.
I told him that I was not interested. Frost on the windows...a lovely sight for a cold winter's day.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
The above photo is my first square dance band, the Grass Creek Band. They have since changed their name to The Jug Huffers. I love to call dances with this band, but sometimes I have to go solo as in this week's column.
Please click on the above site for this week's column about square dancing, which was alive and well on New Year's Eve.
As always, thank you for reading, and enjoy!
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Last night I helped ring in the New Year at Pokagon State Park teaching and calling square dances at Potawatomi Inn. It was a great family night with dancing, music, magicians, artists, movies and even rooms of Bingo! (I won a great prize!)
I loved spending my evening at the park with families and folks who were happy just being together. On my way home this morning I stopped off at one of my favorite places just a mile from my house. I took a short walk on the trail and took my first photo of the New Year.
I wish all of you a happy and safe New Year. I have some dear friends who need a new start so I hope you can write some new chapters for your life.
Here is the link to this week's column on New Years as well. Enjoy. Just click on the above link, and again, Happy New Year.