Tag Archives: Holidays

We Lit Nine Candles: The Remembrance Service

On Tuesday night we held our 12th Annual Candlelight Remembrance Service at the Laguna Hills Community Center. These evenings are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. The evening started cheerfully enough as families filtered in and re-connected with different staff … Continue reading

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The Latte that Changed My Thanksgiving

  I was with my daughter a couple of weeks ago, driving my 3 Grandchildren to school. On the way I asked if we could stop at Starbucks and get a Latte. We had a few extra minutes, so she … Continue reading

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How Halloween Came to Be

 **For a great listing of local Halloween festivities, click here or here. Halloween-time is my favorite time of the year. Admittedly, I’m more in love with the harvest look that shakes the trees, the colder weather, and the infamous PSL, … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: Haunting Me Still

Gettysburg: Haunting Me Still While many of you will be celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow, tonight, at my house, there will be a small gathering of people to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Ok, so … Continue reading

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Remembering Atticus: A Tribute to Our Fathers (& You’re Invited!)

  A Father’s Day Tribute   When I thought about writing this blog for Father’s Day, I wracked my brain to come up with that quintessential father-figure. People like Walt Disney & Abraham Lincoln came to mind, but when I … Continue reading

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When Mother’s Day is Hard: For Those Who Have Lost Their Mother or Child

  Mother’s Day.   Perhaps at one time, maybe just last year, this was a day full of flowers, hugs, laughter & good food. It’s astonishing what a death can take away from us, that even a holiday like this, … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: A Valentine’s Day . . . ALONE

When Your Valentine Can’t be With You   Valentine’s Day – it seems people either love it or hate it. At least, there’s a great deal of hate for it on Facebook nowadays and of course, outcry against the extreme … Continue reading

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Christmas in 1952: Tragical to Magical

Christmas in 1952: Tragical to Magical   December, 1952 – I was 5 years old.  There was a walkway from the street to the back door, which my brothers kept shoveled despite snow that was higher than our heads.  The … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from the O’Connors: 6 Gifts to 7 Children

Happy Holidays from the O’Connor Family to Yours!   The birth of my son Jesse Joe has changed my perspective on life, my family and mostly my parents. I guess you don’t realize certain things in life until some type … Continue reading

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A White Christmas in Finland

Christmas in Finland Bing Crosby sings “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas . . . Just like the ones I used to know.”  I love that I can say, “yes” I’ve had a white Christmas of my own.  Have you … Continue reading

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