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Traditions Archives - Living Forward
  • Life Transitions,  Midlife Women,  The Nine Facets,  Traditions,  Women Over 50

    An Old Box of Photos Bring Tears, Connections and a Fresh Perspective

    Treasures from Past Generations Lifting the dusty-covered lid of the bulky gray Rubbermaid storage container, the musty smell of old paper caught me by surprise. I recognized the scent of years gone by and lives recorded on the photographs my mother packed away decades ago. My eyes caught sight of the gold-edged brown cardboard frame peeking out from beneath a manila folder bulging with loose black and white snapshots. I pulled it out. My heart raced as I realized what I had uncovered—my mother’s family pictures, five generations of images buried in that box. Reverently, I eased out the manila folder of loose photos out and placed it on the…

  • #microblogMonday,  Midlife Women,  Traditions

    #MicroblogMonday 19—Traditions Bridge Generations

    Th “Traditions, foods and family stories are all bridges connecting our past with the present and into future generations.” This year has challenged many of our family traditions, and it requires us to adapt our traditions to these unique times.  We can bring in new traditions, which may best fit the needs of those we care about. We can break with traditions and explore completely new foods and activities. Our stories will be like no other year, and one day a future generation may begin their family festivities with, “Back in 2020, our relatives decided to…..and that’s how it all began.”   The choice is yours as to how you will…

  • Midlife Women,  Pleasure,  Retirement,  Self-Care,  The Nine Facets,  Traditions

    What is your Legacy Going to be? These 5 Questions Can Help

    I finished this Christmas stocking in December and it got me thinking about my legacy. It’s the seventh one I’ve made so far–years ago for my two sons, then their wives, and most recently for my three grandchildren. I was unaware these stockings (a Bucilla kit) would become a cherished tradition. I made the first one for my firstborn Brian over 30 years ago, then another for Derek and so on. Unintentionally, I have been creating my personal legacy without giving it much thought. I knew I wanted to continue a Christmas tradition started many years ago in my own family when my godmother made stockings for all three of…