The Journey – Day Six

Posted On: September 30, 2017

September 24, 2017 – LaSalle Street Church “Meet the Author”   A unique and somewhat disconcerting experience greeted me when I arrived at my sister Judi’s church in Chicago. Complete strangers–eager to actually “meet the author”–approached me, addressed me by name and warmly welcomed me. Not only that, but they also knew why I was there, and many had read…

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The Journey – Day Five

Posted On: September 30, 2017

September 23, 2017 — Rocky River, OH to Chicago, IL   Day five of my journey was my second long travel day. I said farewell to my gracious and welcoming Rocky River hosts, Wayne and Karen Peters. Before leaving town, I stopped at our old house on Riverview Avenue, curious about the garage. I knocked on the door, but there…

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The Journey – Day Four

Posted On: September 30, 2017

September 22, 2017 — Lutheran High School West, Rocky River   Day four of the journey took me once again to Lutheran West. More than forty people attended the Lunch and Learn. This was a unique group for me to share my story with because almost all of them are “Before” people. Almost every one of them was connected in…

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The Journey – Day Three

Posted On: September 27, 2017

September 21, 2017 – Rocky River, Ohio   On day three of the journey I was in this Cleveland suburb where my family lived from 1945-1957. The ten-year-old daughter of a friend of ours in Northampton, Massachusetts, once asked me years ago where I was from. I told her I was from Rocky River, Ohio. This savvy, world-wise girl promptly…

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The Journey — Pardon my Absence

Posted On: September 26, 2017

Hey, Wha’ Happened?   I know, I know . . . I said I’d post updates along the way, and after a couple posts last Thursday, they stopped, dried right up, eh? Please pardon my absence. I’m not going to blame it on the heat (beginning with my first stop in Erie, PA, the mercury has soared above 90 Fahrenheit…

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The Journey – Day Two

Posted On: September 21, 2017

September 20, 2017: from Erie, PA, to Avon, Ohio and . . .   When I arrived in the Cleveland area, my first stop was Silver Fox flower shop on Detroit Road. The clerk assembled two colorful fall-themed bouquets for me for my next stop: Elmhurst Park Cemetery in Avon, where Dad, Mom and Steve are buried. The flower vases…

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The Journey – Day One

Posted On: September 21, 2017

September 19, 2017: from Campbell Ave., North Bay, ON, to Comfort Inn, Erie, PA   Why Erie, PA, you may well ask? At least two reasons: I wanted a place to stop in between the hectic pace of planning and packing and preparing for the trip and the many activities awaiting me in Cleveland. A place where I could hit…

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A journey from the present to the past . . . and back again

Posted On: September 17, 2017

(Note: page references from Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace appear in bold.) A Remarkable Journey A remarkable journey awaits me beginning Tuesday, September 19th. It will be one part book tour, one part visits with family and friends, and one part reunion with companions from my years with the Peace Corps in Micronesia. For those first two parts…

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