It’s CHRISTmas!

“Attention kids! As principal of this school, I have decided that we’re no longer going to call our concert a Christmas concert. It will now be HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA.” Miss Sanderson’s jaw dropped. “What?” “That’s right – Holiday Extravaganza. I’ve had complaints from some parents that we talk about Christmas too much. We have to be…

Festive Touch

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling and everyone…” Come on, sing it with me. Louder—you can do it! Can you believe Christmas is almost upon us? Even though we’ve been practicing hard for our children’s play, it doesn’t seem possible that it’s time to get out the tree.…

Baking Lessons

“Do I have to Mom? It’s so boring!” “Yes, and you will thank me one day.” I shuffled into the kitchen and put on an apron. It was Saturday and Mom wanted me to make cookies. I’d rather be playing with my friends or reading a book, but baking? Man, really? Mom pulled out another…

Creative Hands

She watched patiently as her daughter attempted to hold the needles in the correct manner. “It doesn’t feel right that way Mom. How about this?” Her youngest daughter held the needles so they were under her fingers not on top like a pencil, as most knitters do. This would mean she would need to drop…

War Brothers

Exhausted, the prisoners shuffled their way back to the one room shack they called “home” in the Japanese prison camp. Inside were five bunk beds lined up against the walls and ten straw mats in the middle of the room. In one corner stood a stove, unused. They were forbidden to light it, even on…

Friends That Stick

“Oh Marylou, Marylou,” we heard our Dad say as he looked in the rear-view mirror. We could tell from the panic in his voice something happened. We turned to see our friend’s car and camper crashed in the median between the busy US highways. Instantly, Dad pulled over and I could tell from the silence…

Are we there YET?

The fire spit another ember out on the grass and I watched it slowly fade. The burning logs dropped causing a beautiful display of orange and amber sparks to fly upward. The three of us kids inched closer to catch the warmth of the blazing campfire on a cool evening. Even though it was a…

Angels & Secrets

“Don’t tell Mom,” I said to my brother Murray. “She’ll kill me!” “I won’t, but what were you thinking? Why didn’t you turn left instead of crossing the busy intersection?” he said scratching his head. “You’re lucky there weren’t any cars coming. Someone was looking out for you little sister.” “I know,” I said. My…

Thanksgiving Treasures

It didn’t matter which direction I looked, I saw amber, fiery orange and brilliant red leaves swaying in the breeze. The view takes my breath away and I inhale deeply filling my lungs with the smell of fall. As I stand in the middle of the field on top of Harrison Mountain, I’m reminded of…

What Was I Thinking?

My bike picked up speed as I came down the small hill on our street. The incline wasn’t huge, but to a young girl it was like a mountain. My heart raced as I tried to slow down. I panicked and instead of pressing the pedal brakes, I chose to use my feet. The problem?…