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Everyone Needs An Aunt Joan

Everyone Needs An Aunt Joan

Well, she really isn’t our Aunt, but growing up no one could explain to us four kids that she is one of those far-fetched cousins, so we just called her Aunt Joan. In my childhood she was the closest thing to a cool relative our family had. She arrived one night at our house when […]

Elegant Living

Elegant Living

The following is a true moving horror story. If you have any you’d like to share, feel free to send them to me at contact@changingzipcodes.com.  One of my goals of writing is to take the edge off of life’s troubles, especially moving. “Sure I can show the house,” I replied to my realtor’s phone call. […]

The Woman of a Thousand Handshakes

The Woman of a Thousand Handshakes

This story is taken from my book, Changing Zip Codes. Since I love stories about unique people who make the world better, I thought I’d share her story. Pat moved to a new state and a new town, Wayne, Illinois. Hopeful for new friends, she waited daily for someone to knock on her door and […]

Cushioning Life's Blows

Cushioning Life’s Blows

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”~ Proverbs 18:24 Have you ever spent a night in a cheap motel? You inspect the drinking glasses to see if they are clean, check the tub for cockroaches and look under the bed for dead bodies, right? As you latch the cheap chain lock to […]

Photo courtesy of Carol Stratton and Mooresville Weekly

God’s Power to Rescue

Last summer I had the opportunity to see a sample of what our law enforcement officers do on a daily basis when I participated in a citizen “Ride Along”. Answering a call, the officer and I raced to a stranded trucker a few miles away. Settled between the edge of a road and a ditch, […]

Back to Blueberries

Back to Blueberries

Before the summer slips away, I want to share another great blueberry recipe. It has two things I love, a cast iron pan and blueberries. When you have a hankering for cobbler and you want it fast, this is your recipe. Just stir the ingredients together, pop it into the oven and you will have […]

I love lakes.

I love lakes.

From the brilliant ribbon of blue than would slash through the pine trees when in childhood we drove to Lake Tahoe, I would have stirrings of anticipation. Later discovering the northern lakes of Michigan I remember, the transparent aqua blue green water of Torch Lake in Michigan, and my mouth unconsciously forms the word, “VACATION.” […]

The Only Voice – 9/11 Anniversary

What can you say about the cruelest tragedy ever to overtake this great country? Who can a person even begin to make sense of the aeronautic bomb rammed into the Twin Towers, workers fleeing Manhattan like third world refugees, family and friends begging the media to post a photo of their loved ones, the president […]

Ten Steps to have Your House Ready for a Quick Showing

You’ve just settled into your easy chair with your first cup of coffee in you hand and the morning news blaring in the background. Ah.. a relaxing day. Then your cell phone rings. “Hi, it’s Showing Central. We’d like to schedule you home for a showing in thirty minutes. May I make the appointment?” You […]

Moving is More Than Unpacking

Guest Blog by Ginger Harrington No move is complete without a little…actually A LOT… of unpacking. The moving truck arrives and the boxes start coming off. The inventory is checked… and the unpacking begins! And Life Goes on… Now we all know that moving is more than unpacking. It is just not that simple–just not […]