Entries by Deborah Kevin

Summer Rewind

My family used to own a Bucks County farm located in historic Ivyland. The 80+ acres of land, stone farmhouse and four-story barn were a gift to my grandparents. When I was young, I spent my summers there. My grandmother gardened and her home was surrounded by peonies, tiger lilies, roses, and grapes. We had one […]

Vacation Memories

I don’t know about you, but we always seem to have the best stories from our vacations. It feels as though we also give ourselves permission to recall these memories more often and we fall into stomach-bending laughter, competing with each other to finish the story. Does this happen in your family, too? My sons […]

Sudden Loss

Over the past week, three of my friends died suddenly. One had an aneurysm and two heart attacks. They were my age. Another friend lost her ten-year old niece, who collapsed while playing flashlight tag in the backyard. My heart aches. That’s too much loss crammed together. While some families head off on their summer […]

5 Things I Learned from My Dad

Last Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day, a day I’ll admit to having a difficult relationship with. For most of my life, my father was either deployed, we lived apart, or he vacationed in Gettysburg on Father’s Day. As a result, we have no traditions: we don’t brunch nor catch a ballgame nor do we picnic. […]

10 Items on My Summer “Not-to-Do” List

A hot post on our Facebook feed this week involved 50 ideas for your summer bucket list. It included such items as “watch fireworks” and “play in the sprinkler” along with “do something bold” and “be spontaneous.” These are all great suggestions but here’s a thought: all year, I spend filling my time with appointments, […]

Got graduates? 3 Tips for savoring your celebration.

In three days, my eldest son graduates from Calvert Hall College High School here in Baltimore, Maryland exactly 35 years to the day that I walked across William Tennant‘s football field in Warminster, Pennsylvania, to accept my diploma. I’m proud of my son’s accomplishments and know the pomp and circumstance on Saturday will be bittersweet. […]

5 Questions to Ask this Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend ushers in summer. Some folks head to the beach, others the mountains. My family holds its annual family picnic following a parade in my parents’ town. We feast on hot dogs and burgers fresh from the grill accompanied by my Aunt Bea’s delicious potato salad. For the adults, my step-mother Jane makes […]

Are You a Keeper of Stories?

Thirty-two years ago on May 19, my Grandmom Munro died in the wee hours of the morning, alone in her hospital bed. At the moment she died, her calico cat Samantha leaped onto my bed, waking me up. Even though Samantha’s behavior was odd for her, it didn’t send off alarm bells. That day also […]

5 Things I Learned By Making a Will

I held off making my will as long as I could.  Each time I traveled, I felt as though I were a horrible parent. The truth: The thought of dying and leaving my cherubs behind brought me to tears so going room-to-room to parcel out my belongings didn’t happen. Finally, responsibility outweighed discomfort and I […]

The Cape Era

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of being two things when I grew up: Snow White and a mother. While the first didn’t happen until the Halloween of 2001, the second dream came true in October 1998 when my son Cooper was born. The joy of becoming a mother cannot be overstated. Neither […]