Entries by Robin

THE BEAUTY OF SOCIAL GRACES

Social graces are defined as the skills to interact politely within your home, family and community. It is a universally accepted behavior within a culture. It used to be these skills were taught in Finishing Schools or Charm Schools; later they were generally taught by one’s mother or grandmother. I look around today and I’m […]

PLANTING MEMORIES

It’s not the most remarkable photo you’ve ever seen, that is until you really look closely and understand what’s happening. This little black and white snap was taken by my Mama as she watched my grandmother share a moment of spring planting with me and my sister. I still remember that little, stacked brick bed […]

MY BOX OF MIRACLES

“Sometimes I just look up, smile, and say, ‘I know that was you.’” Unknown I pick it up every year; a small, unassuming tin, secured with hinges, but no lock. It’s blue and white and green with print in black, yellow and blue, and once upon a time, it was filled to the brim with ‘curiously […]

NAMING YOUR GHOSTS

I had no idea the impact of what I was doing when I began gathering my family’s history. I had intended to collect names, dates and places so I could build a family tree. Little did I know that the relationships I was building with my relatives would one day lead to my appointment as custodian of […]

AN ANNIVERSARY TWICE OVER

I have been a writer since I was sixteen. The reason I make that claim isn’t so much a declaration of when I began to put pen to paper, but rather when I began to write with intent. I began a journal. Not what you might think of as a diary, full of stories about friends, fun […]