Catholic Rite of Passage

June 26, 1966 This was the day of my First Communion in the Catholic Church. I remember many of the faces, but very few names. I recognize twin sisters Jean and Joan, along with a Dawn and Mary Jo. The rest draw a blank, but this was 50 years ago and I didn’t stay in touch with this group after high school. Can you guess where I am in this photo? “Of all seven sacraments, the Holy Eucharist, or HolyRead more

Fifteen Doors Full

Baa, baa, blogger, have you any doors? Yes sir, yes sir, fifteen doors full… One for the Normster, One for Joanne, And many for the followers and melange of fans. Baa, baa, blogger, have you any doors? Yes sir, yes sir, fifteen doors full… A couple of weeks ago, I published a post about visiting my hometown and breathing in memories. What I didn’t include in that post are the many photos of doors I took away from said hometown. They areRead more

Breathing in Memories

I’ve desired to do this since early spring. It took me until October to comply, to get in the car and go. Something was pulling me toward home – the home of my birth and early existence. It is the home that I eventually wanted to escape out of small-town boredom. It is the home that I rarely visit, but is within a 35-minute drive. It is the home of special places, friends and family. I had to go andRead more

Ornate: Basilica

Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ornate Inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (This is one of those times that I wish I had a “real” camera that took stunning photos..or I had taken the time to make adjustments to the phone’s camera settings.) The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States and North America, one of the ten largest churches in the world, and the tallest inhabitable building in Washington, D.C. For a few extra photosRead more

Reader’s Digest Vacation

I’m fixing to leave again. After two days of “catching up” after the Washington DC trip, the bags are packed for a long weekend in Door County and fall festival. It will be the last days of vacation, the ones that I need to savor. They will go fast. Before I leave, though, I wanted to give you the Reader’s Digest version of the past week…where I’ve been, what I’ve done, the miles I’ve walked…through words and photographs that I’mRead more