I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth.-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Mona's Musings

August 25th, 2012

A Fifth Generation Olympian

“The spell survives, and just as powerfully as if the natal spot were an earthly paradise. So has it been in my case.” Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter


I was one of those teenagers who left the old home town at the first opportunity, but not because I wanted to. Opportunity called me away. I still have very deep feelings for beautiful, quirky Olympia, Washington and am glad my parents still live there. After spending last weekend at my 35th high school reunion, seeing all the old faces, I felt more in love with Olympia’s east side than ever. So here’s my little IPhone homage to the capital city on the bay, Puget Sound’s postcard.

My daughter, Hannah, is a professional genealogist who works for the Oregon Historical Society. She has created a blog about our fascinating ancestry in the Pacific Northwest, dominated by mariners:Pioneers on the Waterways of the Pacific Northwest.  As for related Musings, you will enjoy Where I Love Best: America’s Pacific Northwest about my feelings at our homecoming after 13 months in Europe, as well as this tribute to my parents including their origins and commitment to Olympia: No Place Like Home.

Wife for Life: The Power to Succeed in Marriage update: Over 65,000 words, 2 (out of 10) chapters to go. Digital publication, website, and social sites coming soon!


Hint of Romance

A content childhood in a happy hometown is one of life’s rare and precious blessings.

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  1. Sara Lyn says:

    I feel the same way about my hometown! I’m so grateful for my happy childhood there!

  2. Debra Woods says:

    Oh! You were there when the rhododendrons and azaleas were in bloom! I always loved going to that one place – a family that had a huge rhody/azalea orchard or whatever you’d call it and let people walk through it – each year. Many fond memories of Olympia. Most of them shared with you!

  3. Lisa says:

    No one to visit in my home town anymore. I’m glad you are still able to go there. It looks absolutely beautiful.

  4. Sarah E. says:

    Gorgeous pictures!

  5. Ellenor says:

    Hello Mona. I really enjoyed seeing those pictures. They are so beautiful and I remember Olympia so well. I loved every part of it. I liked the schools very much. We always went down to the bay for swimming and the parks are especially nice. They always had a Peacock in the park. Swings, Rings to swing on and more. The beauty was amazing. Olympia always had an abundant amount of flowers. I loved it.
    Thank you for the pictures. Thank you for all you do.
    Love, Aunt Ellenor

  6. Marcie says:

    I love those pictures. It makes me want to take a trip there! I love Oregon and Washington and wish we could have fit it into our trip. Maybe next time!! Thank you for the pictures. How beautiful and relaxed they make me feel. Thank you also for your kind words on my blog. They mean a lot to me. I reread them occasionally and they make me feel like you’re right here giving me a hug. I really miss seeing you when we go to Florida– seeing your bright smile and hearing your words of wisdom. I’ve always loved and admired you.

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