Author Archives: bewestcott

From Beginning to End

As a grandparent, I often consider my influence on my grandchildren. Am I a good role model for them? Will what I teach them through my attitudes, words, and actions help them to successfully navigate life? We build on generational … Continue reading

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Invasive Species

The excessive rain this summer has not stopped the weeds and crabgrass from growing in my flower bed. The weeds are, in fact, quite healthy. However, some of the flowering plants, like the petunias, marigolds, and dianthus, have not fared … Continue reading

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A Day of Remembrance

I didn’t say “Happy Memorial Day” this year. Memorial Day is not a day of celebration but of commemoration, remembering the American dead–those who have served in the military and those who have died in war. I’ve never been to … Continue reading

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“Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime. And departing, leave behind us, Footprints on the sands of time.” -Longfellow (I think) I remember this stanza of poetry on a get well card I received … Continue reading

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Sorrow revisited

The little voice from the top of the stairs said, “One..whee…two whee.” Our grandson, visiting with his family from Texas, had learned to come down the stairs on his bottom, counting along the way. He entered the living room with … Continue reading

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Love means action, not just romantic thoughts

I’ve thought a lot about the meaning of Valentine’s Day. We have never made a lot of the day since grade school. We commemorate it in small ways: cards, chocolates, flowers, maybe a special dessert. Many celebrate romantic love on … Continue reading

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Life Goes On

Life goes on. And whether or not our school children remember or our college students know what really happened, 9-11-01 changed life in America. On one hand it made us painfully aware of other parts of the world, made us … Continue reading

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