Every year at Christmastime, Ray and I receive a Christmas card from his English cousins, the children of Ray’s mother’s brother. Even though we have only met them once, the card is always signed with the affectionate English symbol XOXO, which stands for hugs and kisses. After all, we’re family. For some reason, I was […]

Faith of President Eisenhower, Taught at His Parents’ Knees

The first time I remember paying attention to politics was when I was about six years old, and John F. Kennedy ran for President. The only thing I remember about that election was that Miss Willie, our elderly neighbor two doors down, didn’t like Kennedy. Isn’t that just like a little girl to remember something emotional? […]

A Life Lesson for Our Sons and Daughters

As our train through Royal Gorge neared the station in Cañon City, Colorado, Ray and I asked our tour guide what she suggested we do afterwards. We took her advice and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon — with no entrance fees. On her recommendation, we drove a short distance from the train station to Skyline Drive. The pretty […]

Almanzo Wilder, Mr. Wilder, and the County Fair

Malone, New York, had already been incorporated for 55 years when Almanzo Wilder was born in 1857. Today Malone has almost 6,000 residents. Ray and I spent the night there the night before we visited Almanzo’s childhood home. On our way to the homestead, we passed the county fairgrounds in Malone, which is in Franklin […]