Advent Memories

As the Advent season begins, my mind is whirling with images and melodies accumulated over the last forty years since we joined …

Master of Adjustment

“If a man does not master his circumstances, then he is bound to be mastered by them.” That was the advice Alexander …

Big Bend Nat’l Park

Though Steve and I grew up in Texas, only last month did we finally visit the state’s crown jewel, Big Bend National …

Hilton Head SC

My family’s love affair with Hilton Head began with a vacation in September 1976. Lilli and David loved the beach, Steve loved …

Boomtown, Texas

In 1926, oil was discovered in Borger, fifty miles north of Amarillo, Texas. My father, William Davis Kirkpatrick, then 24 and single, …

Whistling Vivaldi

Claude Steele‘s book, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do was sent me by the Rice Annual Fund …

Chicago, Chicago

Five days in Chicago gave me two ways to experience this great city, first with my family and then, on my own. …

Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

On two beautiful fall days, Lilli, Violet, and I traveled on the Mohawk Trail and discovered five places to treasure. The Mohawk …

Visiting Marjo

Thanks to my good friend Marjo, I have now become acquainted with many wonderful people and places in Ohio and Michigan. A …

Sailing & Stargazing

Stargazing was easy when I was a girl in the Panhandle of Texas. When my friends and I “slept out” under the …