A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
April 6, 2019

“Gotcha” I did it! I really, REALLY did it! I got my sister good! Many FAR readers know- or at least know OF- my sister Robin. If you know Robin, you are also probably familiar with her antics. Antics! It sounds like such an innocuous word. The “antics” my sister has pulled on me through […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
February 4, 2019

I’m going to BLOW YOUR MIND…ready for it? I’m NOT going to write about the cold weather, North Dakota winters, or the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival!   Determined not be predictable or take the easy way out by writing what is on everyone’s mind: THE RIDICULOUSLY COLD WEATHER, I tapped my computer pen on my […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
December 4, 2018

I clicked, “post.” After posting my congratulations to my son on his great…uh…accomplishment, I was muddled with amazement; why did I not know about this holiday? I wondered if I would have learned about, “Chris Day” without facebook? I had no idea there was a “Chris Day.” Then an alarming thought settled into my foggy […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
August 6, 2018

“This Summer is Simply Flying By!” “Tell me about it! Where does the time go? I have more things to do than I have time for; I’d like a little time to enjoy the summer. It’s really the best season for time travel.” We’ve all heard this exact conversation countless times. Well! It’s time for […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
June 9, 2018

Laughter, the Best Medicine She’s been at it again—my sister…Robin. I’m wondering how old the average, Far Above Rubies reader is? How many of you remember Reader’s Digest book/magazine? They had various humor sections that were made up of real stories, experienced by readers and submitted for publication. My sister could have gotten rich if […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
April 18, 2018

It’s been 8 months of winter and Spring is FINALLY here! In North Dakota, this means that temperatures are finally above zero and we can start to enjoy the No rattlesnakes. No tarantulas. No cockroaches. No hurricanes. The things we don’t have to deal with, that used to cheer me, placate me no longer! In […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
February 8, 2018

I turned the bowl over with something akin to a caress. I traced the flamboyant fruit pattern adorning the wooden bowl with my fingers. My mind traveled back to one of the most treasured memories of my life: a trip to Ixtapa with my mother.  Recently, after my mother experienced a life-threatening health issue and […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
December 18, 2017

Christmas…again…already…I allowed myself a deep sigh and then began to contemplate what I was going to buy my husband for Christmas, to show him my undying love and devotion. Why was it soooo difficult to find something special and unique for my sweetie? I began to make a mental gift-idea list: socks. Nothing illustrates your […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
October 8, 2017

What’s in a name? South Africa-Part 3   What’s in a name? Apparently, in South Africa, a lot. As you can imagine, South Africa is full of unusual sights, sounds and experiences. When visiting, you are delighted, but not surprised, when a monkey races over to your picnic table, deftly opens a pack of sugar […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
August 9, 2017

South Africa- Part 2 Let’s see…where did I leave off in my story last time? Oh yes, I was in South Africa, staring straight up a sand mountain that these horrible people—my former friends—expected me to climb! Question: Have you ever tried to climb a mountain of sand when, with every step, you sink into […]

1 2 3