Category Archives: Family

Song of Falling Leaves

by Susanna Joy Magruder Listen to the song of falling leaves. Observe with a hastening breath. for Before the hour of their demise Their faces shine with a burning sun; Many jewels across the tumbling wind. From a sulfur glazed … Continue reading

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Watch not ESPN

Football connects across generations. When they were young, my daughters and I used to enjoy gathering together precisely at 8 pm on Monday nights in time to belt out “Are you ready for some football?” together with Hank Williams, Jr. … Continue reading

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Time capsule

“Who could have imagined 60 years ago all that was to come? For one particular sophomore on campus, the summer of 1954 was shaping up to be pretty exciting…” Thanks, Laura, for telling this story on your blog! See KTVO … Continue reading

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All at Sea

For an “All at Sea” murder mystery game last night, our house became a ship at sea in 1914, filled with more than 25 role-playing guests. Hannah did it! Candace played the host

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Sleet and thundersnow

This morning we’ve enjoyed the sleet and thundersnow. Area schools have already been canceled for tomorrow; we’re still waiting for word from OU. Meanwhile, we recall the following video, a meteorologist’s version of Frozen: Susanna in the snow Sleet waterfall

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Thanksgiving Song At our Christmas feast, December 25, 2013, we were gathered with family from near and far in my parents’ home in northeast Missouri. Candace, Rachel, Hannah and Susanna worked up this arrangement of the “Thanksgiving Song,” by Mary … Continue reading

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Technology and the holidays, understood

Apple’s new “misunderstood” ad is beautiful. If you catch yourself wondering why the teenager is preoccupying himself with his iPhone instead of building deeper relationships with family, then just wait for the ending: Here’s the video featured in the ad: … Continue reading

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