Random Memories Journal

A few weeks ago I mentioned my journaling app, Day One, and the podcast series from the team that makes it. In the Day One app, you can create as many journals as you wish. And in one of their podcast episodes, they mentioned a user who has a random memories journal. A random memories journal––what an interesting idea, I… Continue reading

The Childhood Challenges of Growing Up

One day, while I was teaching a middle school music class, a student began playing with a small plastic toy on his desk, a Dominos Pizza Noid1. One was not allowed to do such in my class. This interaction between the student and me began: “You need to put him away, or I’m going to have to take him. And… Continue reading

The Button Collection

She saved everything. No, I mean everything! After all, each treasure had wonderful memories associated with it! She had a box for wandering buttons to save them from the certain trash heap of unforgotten buttons who, for years, performed their duties without complaint.   Plastic. Cork. Leather. Wood. Metal. Fabric. Large. Small. Simple happiness. Aunt Helen, about whom I eulogized… Continue reading

A Blast from My Childhood Past

I saw these at our neighborhood grocery store, Mollie Stone, this evening. I had to buy one for old times sake. They even still have the cloth string across the top! We would walk barefoot up to Harlie’s Meat Market to buy goodies. My sister and I especially loved the snow cones! I think they were a nickel back in… Continue reading

Vintage Friendship

I had a wonderful day today visiting with my “old” friend, or should that be “old friend,” JR. It had been years since we had last seen each other. He was here in California speaking at a conference. I had forgotten how much we laugh when we’re together, and I mean belly laughs! We had a great day remembering our… Continue reading