Posts by Cindy Bruckel

Hide Me, Hide You

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Lessons Learned | 0 comments

Hide Me, Hide You

With a glint of excitement in his eye, my 3 year old grandson stretched out his tiny little hand and said “Mon Cinny. Hide me, hide you.” That was the signal that the game of hide and seek was about to begin. My 5 year old granddaughter volunteered to be the first “seeker.” The challenge in playing hide and seek with young children is to hide well enough to make it a challenge, but not so well that they can’t find you. What seemed like only seconds after the “Ready or not, here I come” Dixon found me in the bedroom closet hiding behind a wall of clothes. I may have had helped her a little...

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Bless Your Heart

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Lessons Learned | 0 comments

Bless Your Heart

In the South, people live by their code of etiquette. They pass it down from generation to generation. It’s the first thing they learn before learning to walk and talk. When driving down the road, they wave at people they don’t know. They pull their tractors off the road to let cars go by. They invite people they don’t know or like to “Come by and see me sometime.” They take farm raised tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, a basket of corn or home-baked apple pies as hostess gifts. They are quick to stay overnight in the hospital with a loved one because they don’t trust doctors or nurses....

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Crabbing on the Severn

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Lessons Learned | 0 comments

Crabbing on the Severn

In Maryland, crabbing season starts three weeks after the forsythia blooms, when the crabs begin to make their way from the deep waters of the Chesapeake to the Severn. Crab lovers anxiously await the event as much as the arrival of the tall ships into the Baltimore Harbor and the 4th of July. There are two stages of crabbing. The first stage is to load the “bait” into a trap or pot, preferably the fish “elwise”, however crabs also like chicken. The trap is constructed so the crabs are easily drawn in to the bait, but unable to escape. Once this trap is lowered into the water, crabs find...

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Boiling Pot

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Lessons Learned | 0 comments

Boiling Pot

Early in their marriage, Cindy and Bill had many discussions about how to cook. The first such discussion involved the process of boiling eggs. Cindy’s process involved putting eggs in a boiler, covering the eggs with water, putting it on the stovetop and turning on the gas burner. Once the water came to a rolling boil, she turned the burner off, put a lid on the pot, and let the eggs sit in hot water for 15 minutes. Then, it was important to replace the warm water with cold water and allow the eggs to cool. Her technique for boiling eggs, which she had learned by trial and error, produced...

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You Don’t Know Me

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in What is Love | 0 comments

You Don’t Know Me

Is it safe for you to tell people who you really are? What you think and feel? Will you be rejected if people learn you are different than them? That you disagree with them? Can people co-exist in a world where they are defined by their differences? Just like friends of mine who are judged and often rejected because they are black, gay, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic, and atheist. In a world where they are subjugated to other’s values and what others think is acceptable they are assessed to be sitting on the fringe of respectability. Is their rejection acceptable to me?...

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