Letters

You’ve Got Mail–Real Mail in Your Mailbox (or Maybe in Your Wall)

You’ve Got Mail–Real Mail in Your Mailbox (or Maybe in Your Wall) Today, I read an article about a family who found a set of letters in their wall. The letters were written by a mom and her adult sons during the late 1800s. When was the last time that you wrote a letter? Why … Read more…

My January To-Do List

Hannah Busing via Unsplash.com is licensed under CC 0 1.0 public domain My January To-Do List Sunday Supper Did you know that January is Sunday Supper month? I didn’t realize that until this week. With kids and adults going in different directions, it’s easy to get out of the habit of having meals together. We instinctively know, … Read more…

What about the “Stuff”?

Photo Credit: Joanna Kosinska via Unsplash.com is licensed under CC 0 1.0 public domain At the beginning of a crisis like Hurricane Harvey, everyone involved rightfully focuses on the only priority—saving lives. But, when the water recedes, residents and business owners assess the damage and cannot ignore the inevitable. Items that proved useful and necessary … Read more…

Stories Remind Us of Our Humanity

Photo Credit: Levi XU via Unsplash.com is licensed under CC 0 1.0 public domain Stories of humans helping humans have brought me to tears more than once this week. What is it about acts of kindness, courage, or unselfishness that evoke such profound emotion? Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has brought much of our country … Read more…

7 Ways to Protect Your Online Identity

One component of your Legacy of Love is Facts and Information. In order to protect your online identity and your Treasured Possessions that have financial value, you need to know how to protect your facts that online thieves want to steal. 1: Know the key data items that thieves want to steal: your name, address, … Read more…

Who Are You, Really?

Last year, my husband and I found ourselves battling an online predator. An Internet-masked thief obtained our personal information presumably through one of the many mass data breaches that have occurred over the past few years. I’ll spare you the details of his persistence, but thankfully, our bank is on the forefront of security, and … Read more…

Collecting Stories of “Stuff”

Do you have a favorite collection? In my line of work, I hear about so many interesting collections. My husband’s aunt used to collect Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. My Aunt Gert used to collect teacups. I met a couple recently who collect antique cars. When I was in my twenties, I collected shot glasses—crazy … Read more…

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption By Katie Davis with Beth Clark (c) copyright 2016 Michelle Beckman, Sunday Dinner Stories Synopsis Have you ever felt led down a path that is unknown, scary, and unexpected? Upon high school graduation, nineteen-year-old Katie Davis felt led to Uganda. She left a loving and … Read more…

All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments

All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments By Alex Witchel (c) copyright 2016 Michelle Beckman, Sunday Dinner Stories Synopsis Journalist Alex Witchel shares the “…torturous process of [her mother] disappearing in plain sight…” [p. 9]  Dementia is taking hold of her mother’s mind and body. As Alex cares for her mother, she … Read more…

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I Have a Book for That!

I mentioned in my January article that I decided not to make New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Instead, I chose one word—JOY—to guide my year. I think I’m doing pretty well so far, but a few years ago, I found myself empty, unfulfilled, and bored—I couldn’t find joy anywhere. I continued my mom, work, and … Read more…