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International Family Day

As I learned in Hawaii, where my sister has lived for the past 24 years, Ohana is the family you live with, and Ohana is the family you choose. For International Family Day, I thank you for being my family… … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and those who love and care as mothers. “A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” — Amit Kalantri (1988 – ) Indian mentalist, magician, and author; from “Wealth of … Continue reading

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Fun in May

  We have so greatly enjoyed the visit with my sister Deborah from Hawaii!           And the Bonfire Taco Party attended by 40+ friends.         Special thanks to all who helped with preps … Continue reading

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National Classy Day

I like to reflect on people who grace the world with qualities that make it a better place. That said, I note that “classy” needs a touch of refinement, as we could be high or low class, just as the … Continue reading

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Christmas Blessings

  Christmas blessings were in abundance at Café Martin this year. With a table set for 24 and lots of incredible edibles, including baked ham, roasted potatoes, and grilled fresh pineapple spears, no one went hungry.         … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Mom!

  A Christmas blessing was mine as I got to spend a wonderful week with my merely marvelous mother!         And we enjoyed a very special guest at the Ladies Luncheon… our 100-year-old friend Marian Murachanian Major. … Continue reading

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Many Thanks!

Some shop today… okay, millions shop today. Millions also say, “Thank you” again. Thanksgiving was a most delightful day, filled with fine food and fabulous friends. Thanks to all for making Café Martin sparkle with blessings and Life’s love!!!

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Loving Home

  “Love is easy, but if you want a daily happy home, be sure your beloved knows that you like them.” — Cathy Burnham Martin, author “The Bimbo Has Brain… and Other Freaky Facts”  Quiet Thunder Publishing, 2017

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Celebrate Life!

  At whatever age we find ourselves, we should celebrate the opportunity to live and be free daily. Take nothing for granted. We don’t have to look very far to see how fragile and precious both life and freedom truly … Continue reading

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Blessings!

Each year on September 30, National Love People Day is recognized. For me, it was particularly remarkable this year to spend that day attending the wedding ceremony of the daughter of very special friends. Every now and then, it’s warmingly … Continue reading

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Working Parents Day

This must be some sort of oxymoron. Anyone who has ever parented knows that whether or not you have an extra job outside of the home, you are always working. The days are long gone when most moms stayed at … Continue reading

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22 Years and Counting!

  Of all the love stories in the world…         …ours will always be my favorite.       Happy 22nd Anniversary to Sir Ronald!

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Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is Mom’s Birthday!!!  All of us blessed to still have Mothers with us here on this Earth regularly pinch ourselves. In our prayers, we include all Mothers in Heaven and those to become Mothers.       They are … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Too many years had passed since my sister and I were both with Mom for Mother’s Day. We enjoyed that blessing this year. Sir Ronald and I have spent Mother’s Day with Mom many times, but we kids got somewhat … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Among my many blessings is an extraordinary woman… my mother. Glenna Burnham is active and involved in life every single day. She nurtures us still and loves us all unconditionally. She sets the pace with an unwaveringly positive attitude. She … Continue reading

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Birthday Celebrated

“I count my age by friendships, not years, and I count my life by smiles, not tears.” My sister, Deborah, is visiting from Hawaii and celebrated my birthday with Ron and me and our dear friends Jim Lurvey and Janice … Continue reading

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National Blueberry Pie Day

My mother made the best blueberry pies EVER! Her homemade piecrusts turned out light, flaky, and perfect every time. Her blueberries with those madly marvelous small-sized wild berries that we all dutifully picked each year and then froze for incredible … Continue reading

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National Hug a Plumber Day

        My Dad is the plumber I celebrate today. Though he is no longer with us on this planet, I send Bob Burnham my hug in heaven.           He and Mom got married … Continue reading

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Spring into Happiness!

For me, magic bursts into view each Spring! The earliest flowers have now given way to dogwoods and rhododendron.   I love seeing the new pink, white, and red colors as I drive up or down our driveway.     … Continue reading

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Bonfire Magic!

Very little can top an old-fashioned bonfire for a casual celebration with friends! We’ve hosted a few doozies over the years, and last night’s ranks among the sweetest. Gorgeous weather with after-dark temperatures hanging in the low 70s. A massive … Continue reading

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Let Love Live Large!

    “It didn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.” — Peter Buffett (1958 –  ) American musician     Sir Ronald and I feel mightily blessed. We have loving family and … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Day in Canada

Annually, the 2nd of March commemorates the Commonwealth of Nations as a show of solidarity and a time to renew vows of international cooperation. Originally called Empire Day, as a nod to the British Empire, this is noted as a … Continue reading

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Recognize Your Middle Name

We celebrate Middle Name Pride Day on the first Friday of the first full week in March. In 2023 it takes place on March 10. Great care is taken when parents and grandparents name a child. Sometimes a first and … Continue reading

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Attitude Counts!

Mom always exudes a positive attitude. When, as a child, I was the most exasperating and driving her crazy, she could always manage to answer the ringing telephone with a distinct smile in her voice. When I questioned how she … Continue reading

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Reconnect and Celebrate!

    “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell (1887 – 1972) American columnist       We have digressed into a very disturbing and dangerous “cancel culture” … Continue reading

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Happy 80th Birthday David Zamichow!

Anyone in New Hampshire in the mid-1980s may well remember local television exploding into a new era. New York television advertising executive, David Zamichow arrived as WMUR-TV’s new general manager in 1983. Smart, determined, and as visionary as they come, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday!

On this day in 1950, a remarkable man was born. He grew up as an only child, but never lost his childlike love of life. He loved sports, from tennis, golf, and baseball to hockey and football. Boats, particularly sailing, … Continue reading

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This Is National Thank You Note Day!

I take this occasion to say thank you to YOU! All my dear friends, family, and ohana (friends that have become family) mean more to me than all the riches on earth. I do not say it often enough, but … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Eve!

  We did a whimsical Christmas tree this year… filled with child-like fun and fantasy. Even my very first ornament from back in the 1950s is here. The little bird no longer has a tail, but it flies in the … Continue reading

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National Maple Syrup Day & Canadian Maple Syrup Day

Maple syrup has been favored in North America for hundreds of years. It’s widely produced in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Up until the 1930s, the United States led in maple syrup production. Canada leads … Continue reading

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National Gingerbread Decorating Day

  Perhaps you enjoy making, seeing, or eating decorated gingerbread houses or cookies. Dad and Mom taught my sister and me to love decorating (and eating) spicy, chewy gingerbread cookies, both large and small.         Before he … Continue reading

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Visiting Mom

Just returning home from a delightful, though brief 1-week visit with Mom. She is one dynamic person and classy lady. Never mind that she is active and healthy and vibrant at 92½ years young! As “President of my fan club,” … Continue reading

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The Hall Sisters

Do you know of a musical quartet known as The Hall Sisters from Garner, North Carolina? These extremely talented sisters have played everywhere from the Grand Old Opry to Carnegie Hall. Mom and I had the pleasure of watching them … Continue reading

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Memorable Moments, Silly Sidebars, and Terrific Takeaways

  Although Paradise is powerful, we could not stay forever, utterly absorbed in our visit there… although it is tempting.     We so enjoyed our trip to the Hawaiian Islands and our visit with my sister Deborah in Kaua’i. … Continue reading

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Na’Aina Kai Sculpture Park

I find it fitting that bronze sculptures of founders Ed and Joyce Doty now grace the Na’Aina Kai Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park in an area where she often sketched out her ideas, as her husband would sit with her … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

One of the most influential voices in the 19th Century was born in Newport, New Hampshire in 1788. Sarah Josepha Hale was born to parents who believed in education for both boys and girls, so she was encouraged to study … Continue reading

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Lessons and Learning

While visiting the island of Kauai, we stayed at the Marriott Waiohai Beach Club on the south shore in the Poipu Beach area.   The grounds are simply gorgeous… so much so that hubby says he wants to marry the … Continue reading

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National Cranberry Relish Day

Leave it to cranberries to get two official days back-to-back. Because my cousin, Barbara Cote asked if I make our Grandmother Burnham’s Cranberry Orange Relish, I knew I needed to post a recipe today in celebration of all the marvelous … Continue reading

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National Cranberry Day

Cranberries are easily one of my favorite fruits. I get caught popping these fresh, tart little berries into my mouth all Fall. Being Thanksgiving week in the U.S.A, cranberry sauce, cranberry bread, and even cranberries in stuffing become wildly popular. … Continue reading

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Adoption Update

Because November is National Adoption Month, I thought you might enjoy a little adoption update. Back on June 10th, I posted about our friends Rick and Claire Johnson watching over two tiny, twin fawns that had been orphaned when their … Continue reading

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