Almost Christmas

The Things That Make The Season Special

My sister’s Christmas tree

My nephew’s cookies, all the way from Fairbanks, Alaska

Champagne from many countries

Two of my five sisters and one of my nieces.

Thursday’s Special: Tradition

We Three Kings

It was a Christmas Eve tradition:  no presents until after “The Program”. My three youngest sisters kept the tradition alive for years. We Three Kings was a repeat performance. Love them so much!

Join Paula’s Thursday Special: Tradition

 

CBWC: Older Than 50

Past the Half-Century Mark

It finally happened, we are all over 50 years of age.

It finally happened, we are all over 50 years of age.

No, it’s not the tractor or the barn—it’s the sisters. As of last May, all six of us are over 50 years of age. We range from 62 to 50. I’m the oldest but I stopped doing birthdays years ago because I don’t want to be categorized by my age, I just want to be seen as a person. I think not being an age allows me to think young(er) and to be more open to change.

CBWC: Older Than 50

Childhood

Parade

 

Parade

Parade

My four youngest sisters are part of this group of kids from the neighborhood dressed for their coming street parade. I took this picture about 1968. Many of the costumes had been worn during ice folly performances by a several older neighborhood girls.

DP: Childhood

SL-Week 36: Women

Celebrate the Women Who Inspire Me

In honor of International Women’s Day, Sylvan has challenged us to highlight pictures of women: “Simple, strong, loving the art and the ideal, brave and free too, the woman of tomorrow will want neither dominate nor be dominated”  Louise Michel.

Many women inspire me but I am so proud of my sisters and nieces and the mark they have left or will leave on the world. They are caring, intelligent, creative, loving women. I cherish them. When we are together we laugh, argue (to the dismay of some), voice our opinions (to the dismay of others), and sing (to the dismay of many). We are individuals yet share a bond which can’t be broken. Celebrate them with me.

Cecilia. Executive director of a labor union. An AFL-CIO delegation member to this year's UN Conference on the Empowerment of Women.

Cecilia is the executive director of a labor union.  She will be a member of the AFL-CIO delegation to the UN Conference on the Empowerment of Women in 2016.

 

Rose is a high school French teacher in the District of Columbia School District. Janice is a legal coordinator in the health care industry.

Rose is a high school French teacher in the District of Columbia School District. Janis, my older brother’s wife, is a legal coordinator in the health care industry.

 

Ellen is a senior at the University of California at San Diego and is very involved in the political process. Lisa is a science teacher and a breast cancer survivor.

Ellen is a senior at the University of California at San Diego and is very involved in the political process. Ellen loves trees. Lisa is a science teacher and a breast cancer survivor.

 

Ruth teaches elementary education. She also paints rocks, as strange as that may sound. She was a 2015 finalist for Alaska State Teacher.

Ruth teaches elementary education. She also paints rocks, as strange as that may sound. Check out Ruth’s Rocks. She was a 2015 finalist for Alaska State Teacher of the Year.

Amelia is a recent college graduate in vocal performance. She started singing almost the moment she was born and has a beautiful voice.

Amelia is a recent college graduate in vocal performance. She started singing almost the moment she was born and has a beautiful voice.

 

SLKarla

Karla is a small business owner in Sioux Falls South Dakota. Stop by Lost Marbles Antiques if you are ever in town.

SLOlivia

Olivia is a college student and wants to see the world. She is majoring in international studies.

SLNora

Nora is a freshman in college. She is a free spirit who will leave her mark on the world.

 

Susan specializes in K-12 education for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Susan is a teacher specializing in K-12 education for the deaf and hard of hearing.

 

Alex became part of our extended family in 2014. Come July, she may welcome the next generation of strong women to the family. Marla manages an educational scholarship program.

Alex became part of the family in 2014. Come July, she may welcome one of the next generation of strong women to the world. Marla, my younger brother’s wife, manages an educational scholarship program.

SL-Week 36: Women

Color Your World: Cadet Blue

Sunset Blues

Cadet Blue Sunset, Seaside Oregon, USA

Cadet Blue Sunset, Seaside Oregon, USA

Jennifer’s Color Your World Challenge: Cadet Blue

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