The Heart of Hospitality

(Pictured above: a handwritten copy of Clara Cyr’s famous Chicken and Noodles. This was also served at dances before young men went to war and many other events.) Sunday. Sabbath day. A day of rest and a time to reflect on the blessings that God has given. A chance to sit quietly before the Lord…

A Fork in Your Dreams

“When you let your dreams die, something dies within you.” – Denson Franklin (Pictured above: Eli’s parents, Alexis and Modeste Cyr – circa. 1881) Eli was only 8 years old in 1890, when his mother died of lung fever. The eldest of five children, his youngest sister was only 6 months old. His father, having just lost his wife…

The Art of Story

When I arrived home from my mom’s house, after loading then unloading my car with crates and boxes full of family photos, Bibles, journals, recipes and memorabilia, I stacked it all in my living room. Then I started to open those boxes and crates and through the musty, crinkly paper, the ink and lead, I began to see…

Mother’s Apricot Pie

Whenever I see a fuzzy, orange apricot my mind immediately goes to my great grandmother, Mabel Morris. Some of my earliest memories are walking through her yard, dodging the fallen apricots that dotted the lawn. Near the white-shingled house stood one or two apricot trees. To my child’s mind they seemed to make up a whole forest….

For the Love of Discovery

On a warm summer day, in about 1984, I set about helping my parents with some yard work. I wasn’t very good at it. There were a number of times that I pulled flowers and left weeds. Differentiating between the two has always been a challenge for me. But, a few days every summer my…

A Bicentennial Event!

1976 marked the 200th birthday of our great nation, The United States of America. All around the country, towns and cities alike were finding creative ways to celebrate our nation’s history, values and vision for our future. Maupin is a little town in Oregon, east of Mt. Hood. Running through it is the Deschutes River,…

A Love Poem

In the fall of 1920, George Morris, a tall and handsome veteran of the World War, began courting the petite young girl who worked behind the counter of her father’s confectionary, Miss Mabel Cyr. They had known each other for years but George was ten years older than Mabel, so their budding romance didn’t begin until she…

For the Love of Poetry

A little tribute to my grandma to celebrate National Poetry Month. Source: For the Love of Poetry

The Legacy of Cookies

“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves.” -Gail Lumet Buckley The Hornes: An American Family The kitchen, swathed in sunlight, warm from the sunshine hitting the window and the oven heating the room, smelled like peanut butter and…