By : Sally Valentine

May 09 2019

May 7, 2019 Founders Cafe

I had lunch with Nathaniel Rochester today. Or, to be more accurate, I had lunch sitting in front of this mural of Nathaniel Rochester in the Founders Cafe in the Academy Building at 13 Fitzhugh St. S. I was doing research for a new book at St. Luke’s Church next door (more about that in […]

By : Sally Valentine

November 27 2018

November 27, 2018 Unfinished Project #6

In the fall of 2017, my grandson Evan, who was turning 6, lost his first tooth. The tooth was slow in falling out, which was a good thing, because it gave me time to make him this tooth fairy pillow.  When it was time, Evan put his tooth into the little pocket behind the tooth […]

By : Sally Valentine

October 02 2018

October 2, 2018 Name Your Car Day

Today is Name Your Car Day according to a list of odd October holidays that I came across. Personally, I have never named my cars, but I know people who do. And one of the characters in my kids’ novels names his cars too. Steven wasn’t one of the original characters I had in mind […]

By : Sally Valentine

June 13 2018

June 13, 2018 Unfinished Project #5 MMH

I don’t remember when I first heard about Martha Matilda Harper. Occasionally I’d see an article about her in a local paper or see an exhibit about her at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. I guess it was her hair that first piqued my interest, and I always wanted to know more about her. […]

By : Sally Valentine

June 13 2018

June 13, 2018 The Kindness of Strangers

The 2018 Lilac Festival is history, but I’m still reflecting on the time I spent there with my daughter and granddaughter on Mother’s Day. This year’s festival was one of the best – great weather, flowers blooming on time, new features for children. But what I keep coming back to is the kindness of strangers. […]

By : Sally Valentine

February 17 2018

February 17, 2018 Unfinished Project #3 Peer Luck

What would you do if you found a memoir that had been hidden for 100 years? What if it told the story of an entrepreneur, a man who lived at the turn of the 20th century, but whose vision went far beyond his time and place. Such a man was Frank S. Peer (1851-1922), and […]

By : Sally Valentine

January 30 2018

January 30, 2018 Unfinished Project #2

Here is Unfinished Project #2. Technically this was finished about 10 years ago when I first made it, but it wasn’t finished right. The table runner was fun to make. It was made in the quilt-as-you-go method. That means that instead of piecing a top together and then quilting it to a filling and a […]

By : Sally Valentine

January 28 2018

January 28, 2018 Unfinished Projects

I’m not good at making New Year’s resolutions, nor at keeping them, but I have officially declared 2018 to be the Year of Unfinished Projects. Here’s my first success. I started making these hotpads a year ago October with my friend Shirley. She taught me how to do it, and I worked on them at her […]

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January 02 2018

December 31, 2017 50! 50! 50!

This is a follow-up to my September post about my 50th high school reunion. I was ruminating about the passage of time and wondering where 50 years had gone. In an attempt to answer that question and before we embark on another new year, I decided to come up with a list (doesn’t everyone love […]

By : Sally Valentine

November 17 2017

November 16, 2017 Letters

Who doesn’t like to get a real letter in the mail? Hand written notes and letters are becoming as rare as telephone land lines these days, and that makes them all the more precious. Imagine my surprise today when I came home to 18 letters, all from the students at a local elementary school. They […]