Category Archives: Family Stories

Craft Junkie: (2021) Christmas Ornaments… and more

My Snowbuddies! Every Christmas I make a new ornament or two… it usually has been my hand-sewn felt ornaments, but lately I’ve discovered knitted small dolls that pulled me in; last year was the 2020 knitted Nurse Mates, complete with … Continue reading

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Craft Junkie: The 2021 Christmas Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar bags I made for Florida granddaughters this year… 24 brown paper packages of “Love“! My Advent “paper bag” creation came from the idea of Kate at The Homely House… and in discovering it so late in my travel … Continue reading

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Family Stories: Crafting with the Florida Granddaughters at Thanksgiving

Ana displayed the gingerbread house in her craft room… Santa looming high above (to the right) is a Santa I painted many years ago. Crafting is always a “Big” thing when visiting the granddaughters in Florida… especially with Ana! Just … Continue reading

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Family Stories: Dec. 7, 2021: Remembering Pearl Harbor Day

The USS Arizona December 7th is always a day to stop and remember those who lost their life on that tragic morning of the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor by Japanese kamikaze pilots. Although we had no immediate family in … Continue reading

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Family Stories: Playing Baseball on the Grounds of the VA Hospital

Playing Baseball on the Grounds of the VA Hospital … as told by my husband Steve The Veterans Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut The Veterans’ Administration Hospital in West Haven first opened in 1918 as a tuberculosis center… later in … Continue reading

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Family Stories: 911 Remembered… 20 Years Later

911 Remembered… 20 years later (September 11, 2021) Today is about remembering what happened… and remembering those brave hero’s who ran into those burning buildings, never stopping to think will I come out… and remembering all who lost their lives … Continue reading

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Family Stories: The Family Lore and Tales

Family Stories: The Family Lore and Tales I’ve heard several family lore tales from my mother all my life… she was a great story-teller… remembering stories from many years ago, even at the age of 90! From a young girl, … Continue reading

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Family Stories: Boy Scout Camping and Memories

Family Stories: Boy Scout Camping and Memories … as told to me by my husband – these are his memories! I was eleven and a half years old (1959) when I first joined the Boy Scouts. My best friend Ralph … Continue reading

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Family Stories: August 7, 2021 – National Purple Heart Day

National Purple Heart Day – August 7, 2021 Purple Heart Day commemorates the creation of our military’s oldest American military decoration… first created for military merit during the American Revolutionary War… the Badge for Military Merit was awarded and decorated … Continue reading

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2014: 52 Weeks 52 Ancestors

My name is Jeanne Bryan Insalaco, owner and writer of 2014: 52 Week 52 Ancestor Stories. I Thank You Amy Johnson Crow for your 2014 motivation challenge – I’m back writing! I look forward to sharing them weekly with you … Continue reading

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