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Monday Mottoes – #95

Charleston is a very special city. A microcosm of rich and poor, black and white, students and professionals, tourists and locals, all casually cross paths in what’s been known for centuries as the Holy City. Referring to its Catholic roots, houses of worship proliferate including Protestant churches and Jewish synagogues. But of late, Charleston’s citizens…


Summer Road Trip Tips

Ours is a family on the move… as are most these days. With unique schedules, we’re not as tied down to school holidays and breaks as many families with children experience. But if you’re one of the millions about to head for the hills, or the beach, or the city this summer, we can help…


Happy 75th Anniversary, Archaeological Society of Virginia!

This past weekend, the Archaeological Society of Virginia celebrated its 75th anniversary. Coinciding with the auspicious occasion was the added commemoration of 10 years of headquartering at Kittiewan Plantation, the Colonial home of Dr. William Rickman, head surgeon of the Continental Army in Virginia, constructed 1770-1790 and occupied by Union Army in June 1864. My…


At the Jewish Deli

It’s the end of the school year. Somewhat. Our kids still have a few odds and ends to finish up, such is the nature of homeschool. You don’t finish, you don’t finish. In any event, the days are getting longer, shall we say, and the search for summer jobs is on with a couple of…


The Beauty of a Family

There, by the side of the highway, a small drainage ditch tributary gently ran in a trickling stream with a family of swans navigating it. The intrepid father, called a cob, led the way. The mother, a pen, followed farther back, leading the babies, a flock of cygnets. Yep, that’s what you call baby swans:…


Therapeutic Horse Petting

It had been a long day. Naturally, I was trying to cram in even more. Yet, we missed out on an event due to rush hour traffic. We’re never late, but this time we were not early. The other event reached capacity ahead of time and our family was turned away. So we did the…


Chilly Spring Day at Chatham

On our way to points elsewhere, the family made a stop in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at an historic, Georgian-style house overlooking the Rappahannock River. Once a huge plantation with dozens of outbuildings, from dairy, to fish hatchery, to orchards, gristmill, ice house and stables, the 1,280-acre estate also utilized the services of about 100 slaves. The…


The Road Less Traveled: Staying Home for Spring Break

Exhaustion, snow storms, the economy, or any of a number of other considerations can lead folks to stay home come spring break. I mean, if you can’t get away, you can’t. Often thought to be a vacation time for college students, many professionals and families in the Northeast and Midwest are ready to head somewhere,…


Travels with Mama

I’m going on a roadtrip, not by myself and not with the whole family. This is where it gets tricky. This time, I’m taking the oldest (18.5) and a family friend in his early 20s. “Mama, does he know how we travel?” our other teens (18, 16.5, 14) ask. “How do we travel?” I echo…


Comportment, Conversation and Conviviality

I believe I belong to a different era where graciousness and civility rule. The family was able to pass through Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, on our way south and partake of some of the genteel gems from a time long ago. We started with the milliner instructing us as to 18th century fashions. She told how,…

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