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National Ice Cream Cone Day

Yum!  I do love that so many of the “national” days celebrate wonderful foods. Ice cream cones have always held a special place in my little world. As a child, I struggled to finish even a small portion, so Dad … Continue reading

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National Stepfamily Day

I say it often, and yet not nearly enough. I feel especially blessed. One of my great blessings is to be part of an incredible blended family.  When I officially became a stepparent, I had no idea how it would … Continue reading

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Grandparents Day

Yes, this is a real holiday. It was initially proposed back in the 1950s and finally became a federal holiday by proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year, there … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary!

  Today I celebrate 22 years of marriage with Sir Ronald. We complete each other. As with all couples, we’ve been through a lot together. I am delighted that we are very much in love and are still each other’s … Continue reading

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National Welsh Rarebit Day

One legend says that this cheesy dish was first developed by Welsh peasants seeking a substitute for expensive meat. There are records of the dish in Wales dating back to the 1500s under the name “caws pobi,” meaning toasted cheese … Continue reading

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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

When one of us shares that a beloved 4-legged family member has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, each of us who has been loved by a special critter feels the pang of pain and loss. Whether your loss happened years ago … Continue reading

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National Be an Angel Day

Not that we need reminders that being kind is always best, but we sometimes might forget how meaningful a touch of caring can be to someone else. We can’t walk in someone else’s shoes or fully understand someone else’s struggles, … Continue reading

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Try a Little Kindness

  “Some show respect and kindness to their partners. Some show nastiness and belittlement to their partners. Both gain control. The first is given it willingly. The other takes it as if by right, although it is utterly wrong.” — … Continue reading

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National Sister Day

I have been deeply blessed with one sister by birth, many sisters through the sisterhood of the ZTA sorority, and countless more through friendship. A sister sees the best and worst in us and loves us anyway. A sister is … Continue reading

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Happy First Date Anniversary

This day marks the 22nd anniversary of my first date with Sir Ronald. For several years, we “returned to the scene of the crime” for lunch on the anniversary of that date. (I’d even wear the same outfit… just me … Continue reading

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National Cousins Day

When we are very lucky, we grow up enjoying beautiful and loving siblings… our sisters and brothers. Sometimes we also get Bonus Siblings in the form of cousins. I enjoyed a blessed childhood with wonderful siblings AND cousins. On this … Continue reading

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National Gorgeous Grandma Day

Since 1984, today is the day set aside annually to recognize women “of a certain age” whether they are Grandmothers or not. Thanks to all Nana, Grammies, and Grannies by any name for passing down traditions, wit, and wisdom… for … Continue reading

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National Stick Out Your Tongue Day

Raspberries!!! Rude or sassy, playful or perky, today is the official day for celebrating our human act of sticking out our tongue. Perhaps it’s just to score a taste of that choice dill pickle from your plate, as our granddaughter, … Continue reading

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Pick Blueberries Day

  “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill” — Antoine Domino, Jr. (“Fats Domino”) (1928 – 2017) American pianist and songwriter   Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are not only scrumptious but a guilt-free snack, too! They cook up splendidly in … Continue reading

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Happiest Birthday wishes to the best mother in (or out of) the world!

Thank you to my dear mother, Glenna Burnham. You have been my role model, my guiding light, and my rock. You celebrated my successes and caught me whenever I fell. You have been a great blessing to me and so … Continue reading

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Anniversary Joy

“My parents blessed me with directives to think, to be aware of my choices and their repercussions. They were always trying to teach me how to think, rather than what to think.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin, from 2019’s “Encouragement: How to Be … Continue reading

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Family Time

How lovely to be able to spend the weekend with family! Adam, Caiti, and little Adaline are all merely marvelous! At just 20 months she truly has grown into a conversant, comprehending, and intuitive little person!!! And come this October, … Continue reading

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Angels Among Us

See these sweet little fawns! Well, our friends Rickie Johnson Sr. and his wife Claire Cavanaugh Johnson found them huddled under a section of fence at our ranch in NC. But Mama never returned. One doe came by with her … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

Greetings and gratitude to all the fathers out there! Whether you are a birth father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, or father figure, we salute you! Of course, my hubby calls Father’s Day the holiest day of the year, but he is … Continue reading

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Nature Photography Day

I love looking at Nature’s beauty and drama…. sometimes delicate and serene… sometimes awesome and overwhelming. But always so much bigger than we are. And fascinating! So, today we salute nature through photography and those who dedicate their lives to … Continue reading

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Any way you make ‘em, I just know these are melt in your mouth yummy. Mom rocked these… straight out of the original Betty Crocker Cookbook. I’ll share a couple of my old recipes here. First, my 1970 recipe card. … Continue reading

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National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

‘Tis the season to enjoy fresh rhubarb. If you are a fan, that is. And I am indeed a fan… from raw straight out of the garden to cooked down into a sauce. Strawberries prove to be the perfect companion … Continue reading

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It’s PAW… Pet Appreciation Week

Starting the first Sunday in June each year is Pet Appreciation Week. The American Veterinary Medical Association created PAW in 1981 to create awareness of the importance of pets in our lives and to appreciate them for everything they do … Continue reading

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National Cancer Survivors Day (& Month)

Hubby goes in for his 2nd 6-month PT scan next month after enduring the grotesquely challenging esophageal cancer treatment, which included lengthy chemo and the maximum radiation dosing a human body can endure. We remain confident his tests will still … Continue reading

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National Paper Airplane Day

Fly! Fly! Fly! Every May 26th comes this simple day of fanciful fun for children and adults. If you like folding your own paper airplanes, you may know the whimsical term “aerogami,” a nod to origami, the Japanese art of … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

This is the day of days to celebrate Super Mom’s everywhere. We likely all know or have known mothers, step-moms, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and mothers-to-be. Every day, but today especially, is an opportunity to respect, honor, and say, “Thank you” … Continue reading

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National Superheroes Day

I am blessed with one of the all-time best Mothers in or out of this world. She is my superhero. In a humble tribute to her, I wrote and released a special book on June 25, 2020, the day she … Continue reading

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National Goof Off Day

I read a cartoon once that said something like, “Job satisfaction comes from doing what you enjoy… without the boss finding out.” Wayyyy better when we can love our work!  As my hubby often says to me, “That’s not work. … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

For us, in the United States of America, this is Thanksgiving. May we all pause to count our many blessings. Perhaps it was something small, like hearing the song of a bird outside. Perhaps we cherish something large, like extended … Continue reading

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Today Is D-Day for “Destiny of Dreams”

It’s official! My new historical fiction, Destiny of Dreams: Time Is Dear is now available in paperback and digital formats on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and beyond! Yes, it tells my Armenian ancestors’ story and has been a true labor … Continue reading

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Feel Yourself Truly Living

Sometimes Life is gleeful.  Other times?  Not so much.  However, I believe there is nothing wrong with feeling, even through the difficult times.  Someone lovingly pointed out to me recently that our blessings can even overwhelm grief.  That is not … Continue reading

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What Kind of Man?

What kind of man spends his entire life serving others?  Being kind and generous, true and loving?  What kind of man is hardworking, resourceful, and an ahead-of-his-time thinker?  Steadfast and persistent?  With the patience of Job?  What kind of man … Continue reading

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Cranberry Capers

‘Tis the season to add the tartness of cranberries to the menu.  While I offer the Cranberry Cooking cookbook full of super simple recipes, I share here a yummy way to start a day with the zing of cranberries. For … Continue reading

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God Speed

Life is a very difficult place to live. The telephone rings.  A loved one  has passed.  At 39, he is too young… and gone way too soon.  He is Christopher Martin, my husband’s first born and #1 eldest son.  Please … Continue reading

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My Family Favorites Cookbook Trio Just Released

They swamped me with work over these past three months, but my newest series has now arrived!  You’ll find over 600 recipes from my family, extended family, and some dear family friends.  Recipes were collected and preserved, some for generations. … Continue reading

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Chronicles and Cathy

YouTube has the program on which I just appeared on January 6, when Kevin Avard interviewed me regarding my latest books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiKww1e1gCk# is the link or simply Google “Gate City Chronicles – Cathy Burnham” to check it out.  (Oh, my!  It … Continue reading

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Blessing of Friends

May marks my birthday month.  I really gave the event little thought.  I ended up spending the evening with wonderful friends strolling the Portsmouth harbor for the annual Hit the Decks event, heralding Spring on the New Hampshire seacoast.  Oh … Continue reading

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Childhood Comfort Food Memories

Even comfort food can’t always be about popcorn and hotdogs, although they remain not-so-secret favorites of mine still today.  Comfort food, when I was a child, included almost everything my Mom or Dad prepared.  It ranged from Mom’s melt-in-my-mouth whoopee … Continue reading

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Christmas Celebrations to Cherish

  For the love of Christmas!  I have always loved Christmas… the decorations, candlelight services, fresh baked aromas, music, parties, family gatherings, sharing.  But with no small children in the home any longer, the need for all the presents under … Continue reading

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Fabulous Fall Foliage

My mind marvels at God’s glory every year when the trees turn their gallantly green leaves to Autumn’s fiery pallet of red, yellow, orange, gold, bronze, and burgundy.  Each day I can literally watch the same trees and yet see … Continue reading

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