Category Archives: America

Norman Rockwell, My Grandmother, My Dad, and Me

Norman Rockwell had a profound influence on my life.  Thank goodness he still does.  It all started with my grandmother, Nan.  She was the salt of the earth, strong and loving, and lived her childhood much like Little House on … Continue reading

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Miracle On Ice

Today is the 40th anniversary of ‘Miracle on Ice’, when Team USA beat the Soviet Union in the medal round in ice hockey at the 1980 Olympics. This is not a sports story.  This is a story of what can … Continue reading

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“The” Quote 0f 2019 – 50 years later

Fifty years ago the first astronauts landed on the moon.  This event brought to the world the victory of science, hopes and dreams – and proof that anything can be achieved with hard work, bravery and spirit. In recognition of … Continue reading

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TV and Reading

Many years ago, Finland purchased old American TV shows.  One was “McHale’s Navy”. The problem was, they didn’t have the money to change the language from English into Finnish on the show.  Instead,  they put in subtitles.  The printed word … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Day

Today, December 7th, is Pearl Harbor Day.  I think of the children and their families on that day, caught up in the excitement of Christmas, only to have their lives abruptly changed.  Suddenly Santa must have been a far away … Continue reading

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“Day is Done”

After Thanksgiving dinner, this was the sunset. I was overcome. I started to sing this song. I don’t know why, perhaps it was the family and the memories back inside the house, but I know I had to sing it. … Continue reading

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Thanking a Veteran and Astronaut

As soon as the leaves begin to fall, I start teaching children patriotic songs.  I have my Big Book Atlas handy to look at and talk about America.  Of course the American flag hangs in my classroom. All of this … Continue reading

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