Category Archives: Memoir

Memories to share

Aunt Nellie sent us out to gather eggs

Aunt Nellie sent us out to gather eggs The hens were hiding them again trying to “go set” and raise a brood. (Aunt Nellie said that wasn’t good) when they set, they didn’t lay. Aunt Nellie needed each red hen … Continue reading

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 Will I ever lose weight?

Let’s just start this off with complete honesty. It’s hard to say out loud, hard to write, still, despite the evidence of my own mirror and countless frightening photographs, hard for me to admit: I am fat. At five-foot 2 … Continue reading

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Family Reunions

This week, I’m working on plans for the Kemp Rogers family reunion. On June 12, 1901, at the home of the bride’s parents in Mokane, Missouri, Miss Martha B. Horner married William Riley Rogers. Mattie and Riley Rogers settled in … Continue reading

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Memories of Mama

When I was five years old, Mama decided she had to get a job of her own. She had been trying to make a little money to help out in every way she could for years. She took in washings … Continue reading

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Fast Draft Class – can I write 70,000 words in 14 days?

I just signed up for an online writing class called The Book in a Month Club, taught by Candace Havens. It was a spur of the moment decision,made without any research or consideration.  I saw a positive mention of the class, … Continue reading

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Story-a-Day OR Scene-a-Day

This past month of the A-Z Challenge has been fun! Posting six days a week keeps my mind working and my typing fingers nimble on the keyboard. Unfortunately, my “real” writing projects haven’t progressed much in the last thirty days. … Continue reading

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Zinnias

Every time I see beautiful zinnias in a flower garden, I think of my mother and how much she loved her flowers.  She didn’t have very many pretty things to enjoy. When I was child her life was an endless … Continue reading

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Xerox

n. – A duplicator (trade mark Xerox) that copies graphic matter by the action of light. This is another post that is going to show my age. The Xerox machine, or generically speaking,  copy machine, was a major technological breakthrough in … Continue reading

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Stories

For me it’s all about the stories. Family stories and stories I make up in my head.  Sometimes, for my fiction, I blend the two, part family story, part imagination. That’s my favorite kind of writing. My Mom told me … Continue reading

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The Promise of Probate: an Olive Branch

Probate records are full of family stories. While most census and other records give us hints, probate can deliver the whole enchilada and take our research back several generations at once. I found the probate record of my dreams several … Continue reading

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