Golden Arches.

Today’s scrapbook discovery is from what I remember being my first visit to a McDonalds – circa early 1960s in Omaha, Nebraska. That’s my mom in the dark cardigan standing next to my Aunt Margaret and Uncle Jack. Cousins John and Linda are sitting on the right. And – if you look closely on the left – you can see…

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Friends.

Today’s scrapbook discovery is a photo of me an my neighbor, Beth, taken in 1971-ish. Beth and I had a lot in common – including each having a big clan of brothers. In that summer of 1971 we teamed up to build a wooden Go-Kart to compete in a neighborhood race which was held on the Diers’ driveway (because, of…

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Fantastic Founding Father

Today’s scrapbook discovery is a photo of my dad at Mt. Rushmore. It was problem taken around 1980 during a road trip he made with me – driving back to college in Seattle. He was a winner. Known by all for his sense of humor – what I remember most was his ability to remain steady and kind…through all of…

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Once Upon a Time There Were No Apple Stores

Today’s scrapbook discovery is a photo I took in 1977 of our family television (for those of you old enough to remember – it was the big, boxy television set that actually sat on the floor). The image you see on the screen is something my dad did using our (then) new Atari system. It was revolutionary – and we…

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Stuffing the Ballot Box

Today’s scrapbook discovery is a photo from the late 60s. That’s me – the winner of a life size Easter Bunny from our local radio station. I won a lot of things when I was a kid – and kind of assumed that it was just part of my DNA. Years later, my father confessed that he and my four…

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The Best is Yet to Come

Today’s scrapbook discovery is a postcard someone sent me years ago. It seems like so many people I love are feeling like they’re at an important transition point in their lives. Here’s a reminder that the stress of transition is worth the joy of an even brighter future.

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35 Year Time Warp

So yesterday I posted an old photo I found from the 80s of my dad, a couple of my brothers, and me – standing on Chicago’s Wacker Drive in front of the Chicago River. A bunch of you seemed to like the throwback – and commented on all the changes. It prompted me to walk down to that exact spot…

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Chicago River Transformation Quiz

Today’s scrapbook discovery is this throwback photo of my dad, brothers Mick & Kevin, with the Chicago River as our backdrop. That’s the Wrigley Building directly behind us. So for all you Chicago architecture buffs- can you name all the changes that have taken place since this mid-80s photo?

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The Glory of Growing Grass

Today’s discovered treasure is from 25+ years ago. When my kids were little I used to GROW their Easter basket grass from seed. (That’s real, grass-growing-in-dirt in that there photo). I don’t know what I was thinking – but I’ll bet one thing: at least one of my children will do the same for their kiddos someday. And that is…

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My Golden Road Map

I’ve been going through an old box of memories. This was on the top of the box. A good life road map, don’t you think? (And a perfect reminder for parents in the thick of the tougher years…).  

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