Posts written by ThePerennialGen

christmas-tree

By Jamie Janosz So, I had a slight little meltdown in the middle of Home Depot. We were there to by a new kitchen faucet, a cement-spreader-thingy, and a Christmas tree. My daughter and I have always held out for live Christmas trees. We would go to a nearby tree farm and chop one down. Or, […]

by April Fields A recurring theme in Christmas stories is summed up in Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s tale The Grinch Who Stole Christmas: no matter what you do or not, what you have or don’t, Christmas happens anyway. Christmas, as we now celebrate it, primarily as a vehicle for economic stimulation, used to be much […]

by Judy Allen Dan and I do not remember our first Christmas together. Still newlyweds, we were loving life and loving each other, working at challenging jobs, and our families were both out of the area. I was surprised to find the Christmas cards we wrote to each other that year in a bag of […]

by Amy Langford When I first read about the invite to submit an article for Perennial Gen’s December theme of holidays and family traditions, my mind whirled with ideas on what I might submit. I knew I had my favorite traditions, but I wondered what my family thought. What did they look forward to each […]

by Beth J. Drechsel Yesterday, trekking poles in hand, we hiked through mountain aspens, amber leaves fluttering to the ground. Today, snow flurries drift on an icy wind, flakes landing briefly, then melting, on our wrinkled faces. This is our season. Our spring and summer is long gone. Autumn will soon be over. The oldest […]

by Debby Hudson Ten years ago, our firstborn daughter snuggled her newborn into that warm crook between her shoulder and neck, tilting her head toward the baby’s crown. She gently patted her daughter’s back and whispered, “One day we’ll be best friends but for now I’m your mama.” This wise, grown woman was now bending […]

menopause

By Lois Flowers Sometimes, grace blooms in the unlikeliest of places, springing up like a surprise lily near the end of a hot, dry summer. My so-called child-bearing years lurched to a halt at the ripe old age of 41. This transition, if you want to call it that, was early but not totally unexpected. Years […]

by Zack Williamson The radiant spring morning beautifully illuminated the world, yet my three-year-old daughter stood unusually still. It was a delightful day to say the least, and my wife Alethea and I had walked out on our back porch to savor the sun. We lived in a pleasant neighborhood (contrary to the opinion of many), and for a young family […]

by Dena Dyer After a commenter on Rachel Farnsworth’s Stay at Home Chef food blog told the chef she should dye her hair because her grey strands made her look like an “old hag,” Rachel filmed a video response. Rachel says, “Growing older is not something to be ashamed of. It’s not something we should […]

By Dorothy Greco Last year when my doctor diagnosed me with a mild form of Hashimoto’s disease, she gave me two options: go on synthetic thyroid meds for the rest of my life or try the autoimmune paleo diet—a specialized version of the paleo diet.* Because I always experience side effects from whatever pharmaceutical I […]