Flag-Waving Freedom

Our flag at the Nichols’ Nest is waving in the breezes this morning. While it waves, I can hear “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and “God Bless America.” (Musicians are like that – every scene has its own soundtrack.) As we celebrate the birth of our nation…

Roses and View-Masters

Do you remember what a View-Master is? That wonder-filled, binocular-like instrument with a circular cardboard reel of images? With the click of my finger, I could be transported to places I’d never been. Oh, I wish I still had one. In fact, I think I spent so much time with my View-Master as a young girl…

The Surprise of Unmet Expectations

Much can be said about expectations. They bring delight, but oh the disappointment when they are not met! A few years ago, my husband Bill and I noticed that the pounds that had crept up on us. You know – those pounds that make you uncomfortable in some of your good clothes. So with summer…

Freedom’s Morn

There’s an unspoiled freshness about morning that I’ve always loved. It’s my very favorite part of the day because it holds a bit of mystery and potential and even promise. I like thinking that it’s morning somewhere all day long. I especially like it that the real Easter message came to the world early in…

Easters Past

When I remember the Easters of my childhood, they mostly involved the new spring mother-daughter dresses Mama made, new hats that had to have small flowers to frame my face and ribbons that trailed in the wind behind me, a new pair of white patent leather shoes from Kramer’s Dept. Store on Broad Street, pink…