With Thanks

The Christmas season was hard on the Old Man.  The past year had not been kind and his mornings were spent creating a reason to have felt useful by dinnertime.  It was part of a vicious circle of which he had become both proficient and emotionally drained from.  The passing of friends or family members no longer came as a shock, his clean suit hung readied near the front of the bedroom closet.  Continue reading With Thanks

Lonnie Rigitoni

Lonnie was 24 or 25 years old and must have been of Italian decent, guessing by both his looks and mannerisms.  He could have easily been the side-kick to Scarface, a Mafia-Guido-want-to-be, but one with a terrific sense of humor.  Standing near six-feet tall, his dark locks of hair were always perfectly in place, the creases freshly ironed on his waiter’s uniform, and when his shift began, an air of quality cologne surrounded him. Continue reading Lonnie Rigitoni

History of the Singing Christmas Tree

A bit of history behind The Singing Christmas Tree, open to the public this weekend. This is an article written by Lisa Currie, printed in the Shenandoah Valley Herald on December 15, 1999!  The Dorothy Lambert mentioned is my Aunt Dot, who’s beating cancer at the moment, yet still singing this year, bringing the inspiration heard from The Tree’s branches to a whole new level. Continue reading History of the Singing Christmas Tree

Doing Laundry for Some Reason

No matter what your belief during those moments where a certain force seems to come into play and affect the outcome of a situation, you’ve got to admit that there’s been a time or two where you’ve stopped and thought to yourself “That was unbelievable”.  Be it coincidence, destiny, or Divine intervention from a Heavenly Spirit, there just has to be something that factors into the end result at unexplained moments. Continue reading Doing Laundry for Some Reason

Singing Christmas Tree~~~ St. Paul’s United Church of Christ~~~ Woodstock, Virginia

From 1976 to 2000, this tree service of worship, under the direction of Julia Danley Lambert, brought inspiration to all who gathered here… both those who sang and those who listened. The Tree program was revived in 2013 due to popular demand. The Tree is now under the direction of Julia’s daughter, Mary Danley Catlett.

A Musical Night of Family Fun

This is a marvelous Family Tradition for many, and for many a good reason.  A beautiful old church, dimly lit and adorned with fresh evergreens.  A variety of Christmas music sung by members of the Woodstock community.  Hand bells.  A violinist. The program is short and sweet, just like the junior choir.

Here are 2 quick clips from live performances of the past.

“Good News”

“See to Us a Child is Born”

To some that read this, one particular question may come to mind.  And the answer is “Yes, I will be.”  In 1976, I was hand bell F#.  This year it’s B4.  As in, Before he messes up!

For more information, contact St. Paul’s official website St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

Maple Hill Inn

Today, my family and I joined in on The Woodstock Holiday Homes Tour, a once-a-year event that showcases a collection of  beautiful homes in our little community of Woodstock, Virginia.  One of the eight homes open to the touring public just happened to be my childhood home, once proudly owned by my Grandparents, my Mom’s Folks. Continue reading Maple Hill Inn

Most are 99.9% almost true… in a way.

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