Growing up with my mom was a unique experience that presented its own benefits and challenges. In some ways we shared similarities but in other ways we have always been polar opposites. Silly stuff My siblings and I always had trouble waking up in the morning for school, so she would come in and wake [...]
This Thanksgiving was especially difficult for me because of my Mom's regressing health. It was an incredibly exhausting weekend both physically and emotionally. I haven't talked much about it out of respect for her, and for my family's, privacy. But with many aware by now, it feels like the appropriate time to discuss it, and [...]
Me, Mom, great aunt Laura Me & great aunt Laura Gram, siblings/cousins, & me Grandmother & me Siblings Father & me Family
It was a random night in 2006, my sister grabbed me and said, "let's take a bunch of pictures of ourselves in the mirror..."
Today I was with my relatives for the annual fastnacht-baking festival. Fastnachts are traditional Pennsylvania Dutch doughnuts made from potatoes. The dough is cut, rises, and then we fry it. Before: After: Traditionally they are eaten on "fat Tuesday" in preparation for Lent. We just eat them fresh off the fryer. And there's always plenty [...]
Today, my parents visited and we went on a guided tour inside the Fonthill Castle where Henry Chapman Mercer once resided: he was an archeologist and tile maker. Snow walk I've never actually been INSIDE the castle! It was incredible with 40-something rooms and we only saw about 15 or so. Mercer read over 6,000 [...]