October Means It’s Time For Soup!


Every year, the first weekend in October, Grandma Kradel invited everyone out to the house for the last official picnic of the year – the annual Soup Picnic. She’d make a big pot of her homemade (of course it was homemade!) vegetable soup, which actually had beef and beef broth in with the vegetables. It…
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Running Through The Corn

Standing at the edge of the field, the rows of corn towered over me, leafy green with a brilliant blue sky in the background. Cirrius clouds rode high in that sky. The wind passing over the field rustled the upper leaves on the corn stalks. Large ears of corn grew out of the lower stalks,…
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My First Family Photo


I was being passed around and around the room, from person to person. The room was a mosh pit of friendly hands reaching out to hold me. From the oldest to the youngest, I was there for some sort of celebration. Every now and then a flash of light would blind my eyes. A very…
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Into The Woods

Grandma walked beside me as we walked the ruts that were sometimes a path and other times a road, up the hill behind her house. Out the back door, past the Chestnut Tree, up past the Pine Tree, past the garden, and on. Once we made it past the demarcation point, where the manicured lawn…
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Clarence Elmer Keck: 1889 – 1968

April 26, 1889 – December 3, 1968 What to say about Grandpa Keck? I could go on and on. I’ll start with a few of the earliest memories. Grandpa had a tattoo. I was so impressed because I didn’t know any other people with one. It was of his initials and was on his lower…
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Shrove Tuesday

Donuts! What exactly is Shrove Tuesday, you may be asking yourself? … the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of fasting and prayer called Lent. The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and doing…
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