Tag Archives: childhood memories

The Man in the Mountains

One of my heroes looks like a movie-star President. But my love for him has nothing to do with his resemblance to an American icon. March always makes me think about my great-uncle Weach, one of my paternal grandmother’s four … Continue reading

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10 Random Holiday Things

A little while back, Catie Rhodes put her own unique spin on the “10 Random Things About Me” blog post idea. She took the challenge to the next level and posted “10 Random Holiday Things.” I enjoyed reading Catie’s post, … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays 1: The Box

The holidays are a time for family, togetherness, and making memories. But let’s get real. They are also a time for real-life TV sitcom moments. One of my favorite Christmas memories involves, of all things, a tampon box. My father … Continue reading

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Haunted Hawleyville: Visits From Jason and Freddy

There’s something about us cluster-dwelling humans that makes us want to leave our cities and sprawling suburbs behind. Whether we head off for a hike in the park or an overnight camping trip, many of us seek out the woods … Continue reading

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Haunted Hawleyville #2: Norman and the Newcomers

He was always larger than life to me, even though I only knew him through his childrens’ stories and old family pictures. My Great-Grandad Norman Ruggles died before I was born. But when I visited my Great-Grandmother Katie in Tunnelton, WV, he … Continue reading

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Haunted Hawleyville 1: The Night I Was A Ghost

Throughout October, Mondays will be dedicated to Haunted Hawleyville, a series of sometimes silly and fun and sometimes downright spooky memoirs. Check out the full lineup here. I’m not sure I believe in ghosts. But I’m also not sure that I … Continue reading

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Fall, Festivities and Freakitude

In my neck of the woods, there are cool crisp breezes in the air. Going out at night means wearing a sweatshirt or a jacket. The weather is perfect for sitting by campfires with glasses of wine and long weekend hikes. … Continue reading

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10 Random Things About Me

My good friend and Life List Club founder Marcia Richards tagged me a few days ago for the “10 Random Things About Me” challenge. I’ve been offline for a few days – mostly just hanging out enjoying the long weekend … Continue reading

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Technology Killed The Video Store

Lee and I have a movie night about once a week. We’re probably among the few folks who haven’t started Netflixing yet. We simply pick something from our cable “on demand” menu, or run down the street and check out our … Continue reading

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The Wind-Up Willy

This weekend was filled with chaos, the smell of ass, and chocolate pudding. For my niece’s 14th birthday, my sister organized a camp-out party in my family’s backyard. My parents have the perfect yard for such a venture:  an inground pool, lots … Continue reading

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