once upon a time…

once upon a time…

once upon a time, on a thanksgiving day long ago and far away, a girl and a boy decided it would be a good day to marry. after all, what could possibly be more auspicious than acknowledging your life union on a day of thanks giving and gratitude? this was a great idea...
the kindness of strangers

the kindness of strangers

well, right off the bat I need to start with confessing I did something incredibly foolish. i got distracted and I lost the ignition key to my rental car. in a grocery store! it *was* for a good cause, I had picked up the phone because i had a dear friend who I knew...
mom’s mantra

mom’s mantra

today is my mom’s birthday. I won’t say which one because she’s, well, private like that  ;) happy happy happy birthday mom! I am grateful for your love, your support, your many many kindnesses over the years, for all of who you are. Thank you for all of the gifts you...
62 years ago

62 years ago

  62 years ago today was momentous for me. Without it, heck, I wouldn’t even be around, much less a gleam in anyone’s eye  ;) my mom, Maxine Esther Dickau married my dad Robert Neal Bassett at the Ontario Community Baptist Church in Wisconsin. “Miss Dickau is...
struck silent

struck silent

if we are really lucky in this world, we scrape up against mortality in a very real way — preferably while we are young enough for full impact, and old enough to ask the questions that help us make sense of it. if we are incredibly lucky, we find a way for those...