Finding New Homes for Old Collectibles

On dusty, hot days in the early 1970s in Banning, California, where I spent my teenage years, I often would walk about 40 minutes to a Circle K to spend my babysitting money on sunflower seeds and a 7UP. I liked the taste, but mainly I wanted the bottle for my collection....

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APH Weekly Blog Roundup: Resilience and Life Lessons

The following two blog posts remind us how strong human beings can be during times of difficulty and why it is important to write down the lessons we have learned along the way.   Lisa Kagan of Family Heirloom Arts explores how learning about the journeys of those that have come...

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Thanksgiving Traditions: What? No Mashed Potatoes?

One year, my husband and I decided to change our customary Thanksgiving dinner foods. Instead of turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy, we had Italian Sunday dinner foods like braciole and baked ziti and broccoli rabe. That did not go over too well. “But where’s the...

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Why Do We Want to Tell Our Story?

It has long been said that our greatest desire, greater even than the desire for happiness, is the hope that, in the end, our lives mean something. Isn’t that what we do, at least at some very personal level, as we live out each day? Many throughout history, including my...

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