Remembering our veterans on Memorial Day

 In the US, we remember the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces.It's called Memorial Day and it is a federal holiday which means no work and for most Americans, an extended vacation....more

Memorial Day Fruit Pizza

Memorial Day in My Hood

My partner is a Viet Nam vet and he was one of the few to return to his street, his hometown after a tour and a half in the jungle. He and Billy were the only ones to survive in this neighborhood. The rest never came home and he can remember the parents of those boys being bitter and asking why him and not their sons. ...more

A Soldiers Watch

Often we think of Memorial Day as the precursor to summer, a long weekend or a time to get the garden started; the real meaning is all too often forgotten. Memorial Day is more like a holiday for your memory, it is time to remember. Remember the souls that have sunk with ships, fallen from the skies, trampled by calvaries and cut down by gunfire. Remember the men and women that have died in captivity, while assisting their injured comrades and while fighting to make sure you make it to the next Memorial Day.I've come up with an easy challenge for you, all you need is a watch.Why a watch?Because it tells time. Time tells us the story of the greatest men and women on the planet.Let me show you in military hours:...more

4 Tips for Your Healthy Gluten Free Summer Picnic

Backyard barbecues and picnics are nearly synonymous with summertime. After all, who doesn’t enjoy gathering with family and friends, tossing a few burgers and dogs on the grill and chilling out in the backyard?...more

Red Poppies for Memorial Day Heroes

The red poppy is the official flower of the American Legion and meant as a sign of remembrance for fallen soldiers. The symbol of the poppy for remembrance was adopted by many of the allied Countries- America, Britain, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand during WWI. The British and Canadians wear red poppies on November 11th—known as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day. In this country, we celebrate all those who have served honorably on Veteran’s Day and we honor those who have died in active duty on Memorial Day, so red poppies are distributed on Memorial Day in America....more
Huh. I had no idea Americans adopted the poppy. (I'm Canadian.)more

What Flag Etiquette Can Teach Us About Memorial Day

Did you know that the flag is only flown at half-staff on Memorial Day until noon? After that, it is raised to full staff to represent the hope we have for the future. So what can that tell us about how we should observe Memorial Day?...more

Soldiers of the Same Name

It was the summer of 1970 when a little boy was born to a young couple in Atlanta, Georgia. His name was chosen to honor another young boy who gave his life for our country. On that day, as one boy came into the world to parents filled with hopes and dreams for his life, another young boy's parents had already laid their little boy to rest as a Vietnam veteran...burying their own hopes and dreams. I captured his reflection when he found his uncle's name....more

Easy Patriotic Decor

An easy & cute patriotic decoration... Take a spindle (this is a small spindle from a stair banister, but I've also seen posts used), drill holes in all four sides and the top, and stick small flags in.... adorable!...more