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May 2001 – Jotting Joan

Month: May 2001

  • Decoration day in Jasper, NY

    Nestled deep in the hills of New York State’s Finger Lake region are the tiny 200- and 300-year-old villages. The landscape is decorated with modest white, wooden churches with tall, thin steeples reaching to Heaven. The steeples shelter a single bell that rings the faithful to worship. Behind or beside most churches are quiet, tree-covered,…

  • Make believe with Ginger

    Mother’s Day was Christmas for me. I don’t know which was more fun: Hearing the four young adults harmoniously break into a song they made up on the spot, having a series of tea parties with a 4 year old or pulling out all the new toys I found at garage sales. I hope the…

  • Darrin Lot remembered

    My family referred to any property purchased by the names of the previous owners. We lived on the Potter Farm, visited the Maynard place, and picnicked on the Darrin Lot. The Darrin Lot was 119 acres of woods of northern pine, maple, oak and beech with a mountain stream. According to my dad, “there was…

  • Mothers are useful

    Sunday the restaurants, fast food places, buffets and family dinner tables will be crowded as families gather to honor their mothers. I personally anticipate the exhilaration of spending my weekend cooking again for my children and grandchildren as they return from college, their jobs and lives in other cities and communities. I began to get…