Category Archives: Stories

Homemade Dill Pickles

One of my food faring heroes is my late Aunt Jo who was ahead of her time in the kitchen. Dinner at her house was always interesting to say the least! In the 1950s when most of us were learning … Continue reading

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Easter Surprise in July

“Why did the Easter Bunny make it so hard for us to find the prettiest egg?” I grumbled sitting on the couch smoothing out the purple polka dots on the skirt of my Easter dress. I was five in 1952 … Continue reading

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Blackberries Create a Love Hate Relationship

Should we thank Luther Burbank for introducing the Himalayan Blackberry to the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the century?  The plump, juicy berries have supplied us with delicious pies, syrups and jams that burst with flavor, but on the … Continue reading

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By the Seat of Our Pants

“By the Seat of Our Pants” is a summer tale by Cynthia Briggs. The story was a winner of a summer writing contest offered by the Women’s Memoirs website and subsequently published in an award-winning anthology, Seasons of Our Lives: … Continue reading

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A Birthday Pinch

“They pinched me on my birthday!” cried my brother, Randy, as he plopped down onto our living room sofa. He folded his arms tightly across his chest, and glared blindly at a Rin Tin Tin re-run not even noticing the … Continue reading

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Flubs in the Kitchen

Last week I was watching one of those funny television blooper shows and it inspired me to call my friends to see what kind of narrow escapes in the kitchen they’d be willing to divulge. With my third phone call, … Continue reading

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U-Pick Blueberries

This must be the place, but it doesn’t look like a blueberry farm,” I said to the kids as the car came to a stop in a gravel driveway that ended abruptly at the edge of a sprawling, overgrown blueberry … Continue reading

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Where in the world is Enumclaw, Washington?

One might say that serendipity was in full bloom for Carol Reed and me to meet in person. I live in Houston, Texas and Carol lives in Enumclaw, Washington so distance alone predicted we’d probably never meet. Nonetheless, here I … Continue reading

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Leon’s Surprise Visitor

“Leon gets failing marks in playground!” My husband, Ed, remarked summing up our 4-year old Dachshund’s disdain toward dogs, and sometimes people, that threaten his territory. Leon made no exceptions when a dog named Glory made a surprise visit to … Continue reading

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