Flowers for the Fallen

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date that will live in infamy…” President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in his speech after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The anniversary of the attack is this Thursday. Remember and honor those who served. My friend, Karan Klassen visited the memorial site of the USS Arizona in Hawaii this past weekend. … More Flowers for the Fallen

The Thanksgiving Table

Recently some of my friends shared memories of family Thanksgivings from long ago. Weeks were spent preparing the formal table in the special dining room for all the guests: the silver was polished, the finest crystal buffed until it sparkled and the freshly washed china gleamed. Once everything looked perfect a sheet was draped over … More The Thanksgiving Table

Rather Not Go?

“Oh, the places you will go.” Dr. Seuss famously wrote. As an adult, I’ve decided to tweak Dr. Seuss’s story line just a bit: “Oh, the places you’d rather not go.” We all have places we’d rather not visit. Sometimes we don’t want to go because the locations don’t seem scenic to us, sometimes because … More Rather Not Go?

Shady Maple

As promised I have more food tales to share from our visit to Pennsylvania. Today let’s start with breakfast—a smorgasbord breakfast. Shady Maple Farm Market advertises their business: Where Food is a Destination. Now that is the truth. This family owned business is actually a combination of Farm Market, Smorgasbord, and Gift Shop. Marvin Weaver … More Shady Maple

Green Dragon

Did you know there are dragons in Lancaster County? Another surprise! Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction advertises a carnival atmosphere. Indeed it did remind me of a carnival or a county fair—without the Ferris wheel. The grounds had several buildings to shop in as well as outdoor stalls. Furniture to food, clothes to candy, … More Green Dragon

Gleaming in the Sun

Do you like beautifully modernized antique vehicles? If so, a National Street Rods Association® event may be the place for you. The NSRA annually hosts several specialty shows in the U.S. featuring hot rods and muscle cars among others. The photos in this post were taken at the Street Rod Nationals East this summer in … More Gleaming in the Sun

Amish Country

On a beautiful summer morning we climbed into a large Amish buggy. Levi, our Amish driver and tour guide was a retired farmer. He skillfully drove our wagonload of seven tourists (including 1 small boy) across the highway. Many people think of the Amish and Mennonites when someone mentions Lancaster County. Those same people often … More Amish Country