Remembering my mom with the words of Louisa May Alcott

Today (April 22, 2015) marks the fifth anniversary of my mother's passing. But it's not a sad day. Like Louisa, I have a firm belief in the hereafter. Like Christie Devon in Work, I too have seen "signs" that my mother is still very close to me (see previous post). In those first weeks after …

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Complete list of stories from the Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag series

Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag is a collection of short stories, mostly for children, that Louisa wrote in the 1880s (including stories from her grand tour of Europe with younger sister May). While none of the stories have anything to do with Little Women, the publisher obviously was banking on the title drawing in lots of buyers …

A peak into my mother’s childhood through Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag

After my reading of "An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving," I decided to dig deeper into Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag and the stories my mother cherished as a young girl. What I thought would be just light-hearted reading has become a poignant and very enjoyable journey into the past where I am coming to know my mother as a …