Category Archives: Memories

A sweet gift from an 8-year-old

Some days a mother gets a sweet surprise. This 1988 column talks about the little gifts my children gave to me. Little Russell became the feature child when he was eight.

Listen and hear what my boy gave to me making an ordinary day Mother’s Day.

I would have forgotten about Russell’s gift if I hadn’t written it down. Remember to make a note of things that you feel great. It can be anything.

Surprises like this one are a keepsake.

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Dad tells about seeing a ghost

Have you ever seen a ghost? My dad was sure he saw one when he was a kid.

Listen as I read his story about the neighborhood ghost.

My grandmother, Dad’s mom, wouldn’t have been surprised if this ghost was real. She believed in the supernatural.

After Grandma Brush passed, my sister was sleeping in her bedroom. She woke at midnight and saw a spirit above her. Too bad Karen ducked below her covers in fear. It was November 1, Grandma’s birthday. Karen later thought she might have seen our grandmother if she had looked at the ghost. Too bad it never happened again.

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Three stories from my dad

I’ve shared some of my dad’s stories here. Using my column, I shared these in the past.

I hope you enjoy hearing some of my family history today.

The skeleton in this story wears a smile and I love telling how my sweet grandmother ended up in jail on her wedding day.

This photo is how I remember Grandma Brush. At the end of her life, she lived in a small home built for her next to ours. There she raised geese and one particular mean gander we called Garfield.

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Stories for Mother’s Day

I thought I’d talk about my mother today. This is off the cuff, so not planned too much.

Mom loved to fish, even after her stroke.

Isabelle wore a suit to use later — War time penny pincher

Here’s a wedding photo of Mom and Dad. They were a good looking couple.

Happy Mothers Day

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Mean old Mom again

Raising four through childhood was always interesting. I never knew who would have a meltdown next. This time it was seven-year-old Rachel.

Listen to this column from 1989 to learn what set daughter number two off.

If I hadn’t been writing my column, this incident would have been lost to time.

I hope family stories make it into your journals/diaries. They are worth perusing in later years.

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