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….