A Day of Honor and Resentment

Memorial Day is a national holiday of picnics and parades. It is also a deeply personal day in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  I am honored and humbled that those who serve feel their country and fellow Americans are worthy of their sacrifices.  Yet wars are not benign affairs....more
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       My maternal grandmother had a wall in her living room lined with the portraits of her seven children.  My mother was at the end, since she was the youngest and my uncle Leroy at the beginning.  Leroy had the looks of a movie star—devastative handsome features.  You could imagine his wavy blonde hair and crystal blue eyes even though the photo was sepia-toned.  He was wearing his service uniform so it must have been taken right before he left for WWII when he was 18 years old....more

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

What does Memorial Day mean to you? Find out what it means to me here.Thank you for reading Stop and Blog the Roses on ChicagoNow....more

Remembering a Fallen Soldier

My post honors a fallen soldier. A Facebook friend's great loss, she allows me to share her grief. http://www.everydayunderwear.com/2012/05/remembering-fallen-soldier.html ...more


I saw this photo on Facebook today.  And that made me think of ee cummings' poem, "I Carry Your Heart With Me."  It really is powerful when you believe in your dreams and weed out negativity.  I have been working on this.  And I have also been praying about it....more

What Do You Do to Mark the Importance of Memorial Day?

The last Monday of May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday created after the Civil War to commemorate fallen Union solidiers. When I was growing up, I was in the school marching band. Memorial Day often included a long, hot, two-mile slog down Main Street and over to the Memorial Park cemetery to honor the departed soldiers from our town. In the northeast, that included military heroes all the way back to the Revolutionary War....more
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Healthy and Vegan Memorial Day Recipes

Yippee!! Summer is officially here! Beach time, pool lounging, road trips, movies and outdoor parties! memorial Day marks the start of the “fun in the sun” season so kick it off with an awesome get together and killer food! Check out our fun menu of recipes below as well as some from last year and the year before; )Berries and Brew...more

Summer Plans At 50

  It is now late May, almost Memorial Day, and I realize that I have made no plans for a summer holiday. Ever since my children were very young, I have been planning our summer vacations, spending countless hours each spring researching hotel deals, scanning city maps and reading Fodor’s reviews....more

Fun Summer Red, White and Blue Printable Pinwheels That Work

Head over to the Crafty Modern blog to print out and make these super cute -- and working-- pinwheels! Happy 4th of July.Felicity http://craftymodern.com ...more

Grilled Potato & Broccolini Picnic Salad Recipe

When it comes to picnic food, I can’t help but think of the American staple, potato salad. So many directions you can go&;151;I had to put a spin on this classic perennial favorite. ...more

I love to create recipes, and, of course, I LOVE to eat. Lol! And I can very easily imagine the ...more