Thanksgiving Traditions

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/24/2020 If you are ever on the roads at Thanksgiving, you will know that this is the most traveled holiday of the year.People seem to be yearning to return to Mom and Dad’s, or go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. (Do they sing that song anymore? DoContinue reading “Thanksgiving Traditions”

Cornbread and Buttermilk

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/19/2020 I’ve been on a baking spree recently, baking cornbread. Now, I love cornbread as much as the next person, but this has a background.A recipe was posted online that was from a Grandmother. It was a family favorite and often requested. It beat out homemade rolls and bread.And the love ofContinue reading “Cornbread and Buttermilk”

A World of Octobers

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/17/2020 A World of Octobers This summer was difficult, wasn’t it? Vacations were cancelled, flights were delayed, and the every growing Pandemic pressed heavily upon us.The splendor of spring and new flowers popping up was replaced by drying leaves and wilted blossoms. Too hot to garden and tend to weeds.Time to restContinue reading “A World of Octobers”

Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/12/2020 Hard Holidays As a Counselor, I found the Holiday times to be particularly troubling to my clients. Sure, there is the stress of decorating, cleaning, setting tables, and gifts bought and wrapped. I’d say 90% of my counseling from Nov1-Jan 15 involved “Holiday issues” including “family issues.” But I also sawContinue reading “Grief and Loss During the Holidays”

Of Poppies, Service, and Dad

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/10/2020 Poppies Does anyone sell poppies anymore? I remember them as a child and teenager in my small town. I don’t think the deep implications were clear to me at that point. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate them more. I found this explanation recently: “Wear the poppy on theContinue reading “Of Poppies, Service, and Dad”

Christmas Creep

Cynthia L. Eppley Nov 4, 2020 Christmas Creep I suppose I should have expected it. When you walk into Costco or Lowes and see the Christmas trees in August? Really? Usually I am aghast and dismayed. But this year? Not so much. They call it the “Christmas Creep.” The relentless marketing of Christmas closer toContinue reading “Christmas Creep”

Politics and Wednesday Nov 4

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/2/2020 Politics Unless you are living under a rock, you would know there is an election tomorrow. It has been called the biggest election of our times, with long lasting effects. Perhaps it ranks right up there with COVID in how it has affected our lives, and the implications of it all.Continue reading “Politics and Wednesday Nov 4”

A COVID Halloween

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/01/2020 A COVID Halloween Certainly you remember the excitement on that day of days: October 31. You may have had a party in school, and even a parade through the parking lot. But that was all secondary.The big event came at home. Dinner couldn’t get over fast enough, as you raced toContinue reading “A COVID Halloween”

A Dog’s Life

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA 08/17/2020 A Dog’s Life We never really expected to get a dog. We’d had cats before. And even the cats belonged to our son: more of a “stopover” until they could be returned to him.There are major differences between cats and dogs. Both are cuddly and fun. But they are different: “Owners ofContinue reading “A Dog’s Life”

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