Mazatlan coastline
Honeymoon in Paradise by Kimila Kay September 20, 2022 When my husband, Randy, and I decided to get married after dating for three years, it was an exciting time. We’d grown up together, but had gone our separate ways as adults, marrying and each having two boys. And now, we were going to be a blended family of six. At the age of thirty-one, I’d been single for nine years and was hardly a blushing, young bride. But I knew I wanted this wedding to be a festive affair, so we agreed to use Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”, which is
Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead celebrations in San Miguel de Allende
Celebrating Life in Mexico With Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) by Fabienne Marsh September 15, 2022   When I visited San Miguel de Allende, I had no idea what was to become the location for a crucial part of my fourth novel, Juliette, Rising. It all started with Dustin, a dear friend I’d met when volunteering to teach art in our children’s classrooms. Her father was an artist and she explained to me why she loved Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations in Mexico, specifically in San Miguel de Allende, where her father was
20 flags from Hispanic countries
Celebrating  National Hispanic Heritage Month by Maggie Lynch September 13, 2022 Did you know there is an entire month for National Hispanic Heritage celebrations in the U.S.? It was first proclaimed as a day of celebration by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Then in 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a week. The next year, in 1989, President George H.W. Bush expanded the recognition to last an entire month.  It begins on the 15th of September and ends on the 15th of October. The purpose is to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture,
Irish Immigrants coming off a ship at Ellis Island
Labor Day: Celebrating My Ancestors by Diana McCollum September 8, 2022 In considering Labor Day I started thinking about all the people who came before the 20th and 21st centuries. Those brave souls who left their countries and their way of life for a new beginning in a new land. These are the people who settled and built America. I decided to focus on one group of immigrants. My people, or I should say, one of the nationalities making up my DNA. My one grandma always said we were part Scotch-Irish and Ancestry.com proved her right. I focused on the
the tent, two backpacks and two pairs boots near a mountain lake in the summer
Labor Day Heralds the End of Summer by Paty Jager September 6, 2022 In the late nineteenth century, labor activists insisted the working class or laborers should be recognized with a federal holiday. After all, it was their workforce that contributed to the strength of America and its prosperity. Several states agreed and passed municipal ordinances in 1885 and 1886. But even though it was New York state who introduced the bill, it was Oregon that first passed the law recognizing Labor Day on Feb. 21, 1887. That year four more states passed laws creating a holiday for Labor Day.
illustration of five diverse people holding a sign that says "What's in your basket?" A person on each end is holding a basket of stars
There’s Treasure in YOUR Basket by Cathryn Cade September 1, 2022 I’m not one to remember a Bible story for every occasion. In fact, being honest, I’m not one to read the Bible. But there are some stories that just stick with us. They so perfectly illustrate an important facet of human existence that they are used by Sunday school teachers, and in secular life as well. For me, a favorite story is The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) also often known as The Story of the Three Servants. Do you know why we call our special gifts, or
picture of the first labor day parade in NYC 1882
The Meaning of Labor and the Rise of Unions Throughout History by Anna Brentwood August 30, 2022 How many of us stop to think we’re living in a time where we are encouraged to “find” ourselves with work? This work must not only fulfill some abstract purpose we are supposed to inherently know; but it must also pay the bills, validate us and, if we are truly smart or very fortunate, also make us happy. It was as early as 1882 that the idea of a “working men’s holiday” began in New York when union leaders organized thousands of unpaid
The monastery in Valdemossa where George Sands and Chopin stayed and Fabienne Marsh visited
An Island Education by Fabienne Marsh August 25, 2022   In 2021, I went to Jamaica because I did not want to be alone for Christmas. After years of following every conceivable lead, I tracked down Shereda who had cared for my parents in Connecticut, until they died within six months of each other. I had seen her many times after our loss, often with my children and my brother’s family, talked over the phone, shared pictures with her, and laughed a lot. I consider her family. “I was about to file a missing person report,” I said, on our
The Big Island, Hawaii
Islands are Awesome… But Don’t Try to Be One by Cathryn Cade August 23, 2022 Remember that old saying ‘No woman is an island’? Yeah, I paraphrased that. We all like it better now, so hush. My name is Cathryn and I write about biker babes and their men. The Devil’s Flyers are unabashed alphas, each one of them a force with which to be reckoned. But these tough bikers are also smart enough to know that they’re stronger together – not only in a fight, but when life gets rough. They consider themselves brothers, in heart and in spirit.
Yachts in Bay of Athens at sunset
ISLAND HOPPING AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN By Dari LaRoche August 18, 2022 NOTE: This was originally posted on Dari LaRoche’s website blog. Her blog contains more pictures and larger images than this post if you are interested in visiting there. I love islands. Until I started writing this piece, I didn’t realize just how much of my travel time has been spent on various islands over the years. I’ve arrived by various modes of travel—plane, ferry, sailboat, cruise ship, and car across a land bridge. I don’t search out places to lie on the beach in the sun. I look for