For many years, I’ve been carving out sacred family time to visit my mom and stepfather up in the rolling farmland and sleepy village of Bliss, Michigan. Sweet traditions circle back around each visit including making my great grandmother’s homemade borscht (cold beet soup) recipe, canning sweet pickles, and gathering herbs and vegetables from my [...]

“I have to write a paper for my English class about a mentor or role model who is a hero in my eyes. I think I’d like to write it about you, Mama.” Marin said. My eyes widened and I smiled from ear to ear. “I’m honored honey. Thank you.” There is nothing more satisfying [...]