Category Archives: Family

Happy 89th Birthday, Dad!

Today is my Dad’s 89th birthday. I can’t tell you how very glad I am that he is still here to celebrate with us – Paul lost his father a few years ago, and it is a loss that he … Continue reading

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Happy Texas Independence Day! (2021)

. My dad sent me this a while back; since today is Texas Independence Day, I wanted to share them with you: Due to the popularity of the “Survivor” TV show, Texas is planning to do one entitled: “Survivor – … Continue reading

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The Best (Belated) Valentine’s Day Ever (a.k.a. “Boy Meets Girl”)

. Just a couple of kids….. . It all started in a lecture hall at Texas A&M University in January, 1979. Yours truly was a freshman who started out in Pre-Med, but after one semester – and a tearful call … Continue reading

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Breakfast for a Snowy Day – Amish Baked Oatmeal

Several years ago, for some strange reason, I dreamed of Scottish Oatmeal – don’t ask me why; I’ve only heard of the stuff (maybe it was hearing my father-in-law talk about eating steel-cut oats for breakfast.  Who knows?).  I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Perceptions

Many years ago, when the girls were much younger, I ran across a wonderful book called “Many Moons” by James Thurber.  It is the story of a young princess who falls ill one day after a “surfeit of raspberry tarts”.  … Continue reading

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It’s My 10th Blogiversary!

. On January 10, 2011, my little vanity project started out: Well, I guess I’m going to really do this thing.  I don’t know how often I’ll be posting, or if it will be any good, or if anyone will … Continue reading

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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #12: Songs from a Shared Childhood

Today’s post is a little different from all the rest.

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The Angel Tree (a heartwarming Koch family Christmas tale)

. . Every family has their own “family lore” – stories handed down from generation to generation.  These are generally told around the campfire, on the front porch, or around the dining room table.  The good ones are side-splittingly funny; the really … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Music: “Come Ye Thankful People”

. Whenever I think of Thanksgiving, this is the song that comes to mind – and this is a beautiful arrangement sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: . .

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Happy Birthday, Rachel!

. It was 34 years ago today that our lives changed in the space of an instant. One second we were a couple, and the next we were a family. It still never ceases to amaze me how seamlessly that … Continue reading

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