To Dad with Love

To Dad with Love

In honor of Father’s Day, Carol Kana, Dr. Elva Meiners and Gale Lincke join me in honoring the memories of our dads. These good men not only left footprints on our hearts, but the lessons they taught us continue to influence and enhance our lives today. Thanks, Dad!...
Easter Blessings: Faith, Family and Fun

Easter Blessings: Faith, Family and Fun

At Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church. Although Easter this year will be unlike any other we have observed, we still can count our blessings and revisit joyful memories that we hold...
It’s Springtime in Tillie and Mason’s Garden

It’s Springtime in Tillie and Mason’s Garden

Grandma Tillie tenderly passes on her passion for gardening to her young grandson in a plot across from the railroad tracks in Smithville, Texas. She wears an old-fashioned sunbonnet and a dress with a long skirt. An apron is tied around her waist. Mason is clad in a...
Rag Rug Redemption

Rag Rug Redemption

“You don’t wash handmade braided rag rugs, you beat them,” I explained to my husband.  Emil still turned up his nose at the once-handsome rug sticking out of the plastic sack on top of my luggage. “I don’t care,” he replied. “It’s filthy. It smells, and it’s not...
Bob Taylor’s Steel Wheel Stories

Bob Taylor’s Steel Wheel Stories

Since Bob Taylor’s earliest childhood memory involves a farm tractor, it’s not surprising that he has a soft spot for all 120-plus of his antique models. Each weighs approximately 3 to 3.5 tons. “I remember riding with Grandpa Wylie when he was working the 60 acres...
Seizing a Branch on the Family Tree

Seizing a Branch on the Family Tree

Turning away from the noisy crowd celebrating the 100th anniversary of his great-great-grandparents’ emigration to Canada, 12-year-old Cody picked up a copy of his family’s history. Cody glanced at a page near the front of the book and set it aside. He repeated this...