My grandmother, Nina Alexander, was born in 1901, 36 years after the Civil War. Nina spent her earliest years on her family farm in Georgia. She lost four of her ten siblings, during her youth. (Death at an early age was not uncommon during those times.) When her diabetic father died from complications from a … More My Maternal Grandmother’s Early Life
For the month of Thanksgiving I want to express thanks for people, stories, and incidents that have inspired or impacted my life in a positive way. My niece once posted the question, “What inspires you?” My mind was barraged with a number of different inspirational heroes and heroines. But children came first to my mind. … More Thankful for Children
Over time parents can learn good parenting skills and know just the right things to say and do to make Mom and Dad good parents. Here are some parenting skills which can be used with love, compassion, and understanding. Patience Each day a child can give us a multitude of challenges to our patience. Erratic … More 6 Great Parenting Skills
I was always a curious child, full of questions, taking in information especially from the adult world that I didn’t always comprehend. I did love to be read to and had watched lots of Westerns on TV. One part of the Westerns I was in love with were the horses. That’s a story for another … More How I Almost Ended My Life at 6 Years Old
We have all seen television shows featuring interviews with centenarians. Many of these one hundred plus years “young” souls had wrinkles and white, gray or sparse hair. Many of them were in wheelchairs or not as “able” physically as they used to be. But if you look into the face and eyes of many of … More How to Keep Your Inner Child Alive and Well
One day recently I was feeling a lot of concern for friends who were having a lot of pain in their lives. The weather had been cloudy, rainy, and sunless for several days. I was feeling really down. The news that morning told of violent actions done by people who were filled with hate, fear … More One Little Child
I pride myself on my love of nature and self-taught knowledge of nature and animals. My parents sought to give my siblings and I many richly educational, wonderful adventures as we traveled to Mexico, the World’s Fair, Expo 67, in Montreal, the mountains, beaches, zoos, and camping in our travel trailer, and later a mobile … More I Tried!!