Trimming the Christmas tree changes a lonely heart

Trimming the Christmas tree changes a lonely heartBy Barry J. Ewell

A few days ago my wife and me put up the Christmas decorations in our home. It would be different this year, as it was just the two of us in our home.

Our six children, now grown and living in different places, are beginning to establish their own experiences and traditions for the holiday. At first, I really didn’t care whether there was a tree, ornaments or a baby Jesus and manger scene on the piano. Who was going to be there to enjoy it with us? All I was seeing was the emptiness and the home void of our traditional December activities in preparing for Christmas morning. Continue reading

How to Start New Traditions When Old Ones Pass Away

Onion_Days_2014-Carosel3By Barry J. Ewell

As life progresses, we all get the opportunity to experience its many rich colors of change and seasons.  As this most recent Labor Day passed, a United States holiday held on the first Monday of September celebrating the working people, our family began a new chapter in cherished tradition.

For the 35 years, our family has spent Labor Day in Payson, Utah attending the Onion Days Festival and being with my wife’s parents and family. Those years have been filled with many fond and cherished memories that have shaped the very fabric of the those attending.   Allow me to take you on a short walk in time.

My first Onion Days was in the summer of 1978, I was newly engaged to my soon to be wife, Colette, cherished companion of the last 35 years.  Mom and dad, Colette’s parents, as I would come to know them lived, on Main Street.  Continue reading

Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember the importance of genealogy and family history research

Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember the importance of genealogy and family history researchBy Barry J. Ewell

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated each year on the final Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it was established after the U.S. Civil War on May 5, 1868, to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. Decoration Day referred to the practice of laying or decorating flowers on graves to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War and as a sign of healing. The name Memorial Day was first used in 1888, and after World War I was extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service. Continue reading