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Breaking Bread

“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.” -W.C. Fields We give food a lot of power. From holiday get-togethers to casual gatherings many of our favorite memories involve food. Breaking bread with others boosts our spirits and hopefully always be part of human story.  In certain settings sharing a meal with others provides the ability to forge relationships and celebrate, …

Independence Day

Americans are united by the summertime tradition surrounding Independence Day. Festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to family gatherings and barbecues are marked on calendars to indicate America’s birthday . In large and small towns alike families gather on either side of main street with their woven lawn chairs while children, with hands sticky from lemonade, perch on the curbs in heightened anticipation waiting for the …

The Sentimental Gardener

She walks through her gardens at dawn and admires the beauty that hard work and many calloused hands have lovingly cultivated. In her imagination for several seasons now she has laboriously mapped out each garden zone in dedication to a loved one or special family dear to her heart. At the entry of each of the outdoor rooms she pauses in reflective grace.  On this …

In Your Easter Bonnet

Irving Berlin –Easter Parade Lyrics In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, You’ll be the grandest lady in the easter parade. I’ll be all in clover and when they look you over, I’ll be the proudest fellow in the easter parade. On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us, And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure. Oh, I could …

The Feast of Saint Joseph

Feast Days Seasons of Sisterhood is non-denominational in our Christian faith and we profess that all celebrations of goodness are worthy of our recognition.  We celebrate  the seasonally secular and religious holidays with joy.  A Feast Day is observed as a Holy day by the Catholic Church and Anglican Communion.   Christianity is the world’s largest religion, with upwards of 2 billion followers on every continent. It is based …

Wearing o’ the Green-Happy St Patrick’s Day

The color green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the  Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s.  Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the color green and its association with St Patrick’s Day grew.  While not a legal holiday in the …

Seasons of a woman’s life

A woman’s life reflects the seasons Of our Earth beyond all reasons A life divided as four acre plots In the garden of time she draws her lots   In the Spring of youth she learns to sing And creates life aided by her angels wings In Spring she plants a garden fair And love and life are everywhere   Summers beauty and the future …

All You Need Is Love – Happy Valentine’s Day

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~ Charles M. Schulz   Love is the greatest emotion of all.  Whether it’s in the air or in bloom it makes us warm all over!  Falling in love wreaks havoc on you body, your heart races, your stomach is tied in knots, you’re on an emotional roller coaster!  Contrary, standing in love is …

Hygge – Coziness In The Heart of Winter

  In the  Danish language, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) cannot be translated into English using a single word. Though there are many ways to describe hygge, most define it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness. The definition of Hygge gave us three English words , friends, family and graciousness – combined under the heading of  simple pleasures. While I …

How About A Slice of Silence to Calm your Soul

Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters.  The din of every day sound waves in constant commotion can set our nerves on edge like a steel garden hoe hitting a smooth dry rock.   There seems to be a constant background static of babel which harkens that the world has become all too insistent.  Buzzing technology, hullabaloo that passes for conversation, media uproar at decibels far above a comfort level will cause discomfort over …