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About sknobloch

I am an Author, Artist, and Reiki Master and Intuitive Counselor, offering energy and guidance sessions on people and beloved pet companions. I divide my time between a Northern NJ suburb of Manhattan and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I enjoy pursuing paranormal explorations in this uniquely haunted town. Read more about me at www.briarrosereiki.com and http://shirlknoblochwillowfineartprintsandphotography.zenfolio.com/ All writings and photos © Shirl Knobloch.......no unauthorized copying or use permitted without written permission from the author and photographer, Shirl Knobloch.

“For Sidney Poitier, Today”

A blog I wrote some time ago, more pertinent than ever today. I watched “A Raisin in the Sun” yesterday.   I don’t think anyone could watch that movie and not be riveted by the performances…..the actors were stellar.   Sidney Poitier, … Continue reading

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“Empty Chairs”

Today, 1941……….Pearl Harbor.

My dad visited Pearl Harbor on board his Navy ship during the war. He didn’t speak much about the war; regretfully, I didn’t prod him for more, although I would have liked to hear it all. He didn’t like Hawaii…..maybe the island paradise doesn’t seem so heavenly when the threat of being killed looms over your head each day.

Before he left for duty, my dad sold his beloved car. He told me he didn’t think he would be returning home again; he wanted to leave the money for his wife and baby. Girls remember first loves, guys remember first cars. My dad did come home, and his face filled with sadness as he told me how he wished his car was still waiting for him.

A lot of guys didn’t come home…..a lot of first car seats remained empty until sold. A lot chairs at the dinner table were never filled again.

So today……….

for each one of those guys who did make it home again after bravely serving their country to drive their first cars again and share family meals and give life to daughters who blog.

And especially for those who never made it home again……..rest in peace.

Namaste,

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“One Little Thing” (My Uninvited Farmhouse Guest)

My farmhouse had a guest the other evening. He was quite a vociferous houseguest, in fact, he wouldn’t stop talking for hours…….. Somewhere, in my chimney, a little cricket had decided to set up his radio broadcast. At first, before … Continue reading

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“Twenty years…….Memories”

I was close by that day…….at Liberty State Park, by the Statue of Liberty, just a short distance across the water from the Towers. I saw the gaping hole…….the minute I saw it, I knew that Tower would never stand. … Continue reading

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“Back to School”

It’s August 29th…….some districts have started school already, others will commence in a couple of weeks. For the first time since the pandemic, both my grandchildren will attend school in the physical sense. I wonder how this will work. Years … Continue reading

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“When that last doorbell rings”

These past days have had me remembering things, not forgotten, but pushed to the shadows of my mind decades ago. One such memory has crept back to linger. I was in my teens, probably driving to my first job. I … Continue reading

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“Sometimes, Ghosts Bring Bananas”

I saw a meme on Facebook this morning, a hot dog bun with a banana inside…..the caption, “Banana Bread.” This triggered a hidden memory, encapsulated somewhere in the recesses of my mind. Growing up, my dad would make banana sandwiches. … Continue reading

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“Who Knows Where the Time Goes”

You’d have to be of a certain age to remember that song……..”Who Knows Where the Time Goes.” My dogwood tree’s leaves are turning a shade or “orangey” red. Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick) turns 65 today. Sixty five…….wasn’t it just yesterday … Continue reading

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“Rosalie’s First Birthday……Cinderella found her Shoe”

Today is my granddaughter’s first birthday. She has endured two open heart surgeries, one after her birth and the second, just days ago. We held a birthday party a few days before the second surgery, just to give her the … Continue reading

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60,000 in the Park……..

New York City is planning a mega concert in the park…….estimates of 60,000 attendees to celebrate her re-emergence…..

I ask you, is a huge concert in the park the answer………….

Perhaps the answer to re-emergence is safety for the mother who fears her child will be struck by a bullet in the doorway of his home.

Perhaps emergence is riding the subway without fearing for your money or life.

Perhaps emergence is paying attention to the thousands of people sleeping on the concrete ……

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