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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day to my foster father, Gardiner Smith. Gardiner and Fay were a young couple with two small children when they felt inspired to move to a village in central Alberta, where he began to teach science at the local school.  One day the teachers had a staff meeting, and a social worker told… Continue reading Happy Father’s Day

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Book Reviews

Back By Sunrise

Book Review:  Back by Sunrise, by Justin Sloan When Brooke’s dad is deployed and later killed in action, she and her family must deal with their grief. Brooke can’t understand why her dad had to leave. But then she finds a magic necklace that her dad left her. When she puts on the necklace, Brooke… Continue reading Back By Sunrise

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The Magicians of Caprona

Book Review -- The Magicians of Caprona, by Diana Wynne Jones Once again, Diana Wynne Jones has thoroughly impressed me, this time with a wonderful story about a boy who lives in the Italy of one of the Chrestomanci worlds. The only magic Tonino Montana can do is talk to cats, and that is not… Continue reading The Magicians of Caprona

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An Ensign of Liberty

In the New York Harbor stands a lady with her torch held high, lighting the way for millions who have come to America seeking peace, liberty, freedom to worship, and the opportunity to live, work, and grow here.  In the other arm she carries a tablet inscribed with the date of the Declaration of Independence,… Continue reading An Ensign of Liberty

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Dogsbody

Book Review -- Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones The Dog Star, Sirius, is falsely accused of murder. His sentence is to be reborn on earth as a dog until he can redeem himself by finding the Zoi. Unfortunately, Sirius (or Leo as he is now known) has no idea what a Zoi is or how… Continue reading Dogsbody

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Just Between You and Me

I started to read two books at the same time. Both were written in first person present tense (have I mentioned how annoying that is?), and both started with similar plots: a woman with some major psychological scars who is busy with her career suddenly inherits someone’s child and has to make some major changes… Continue reading Just Between You and Me

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The Playground

As a child, one of my favorite places to play was at the playground at the end of my street, not far from my house. It was a corner lot with a merry-go-round, a swing set, a curving slide, a sandbox, and a large grassy area. The merry-go-round was divided into triangular sections with a… Continue reading The Playground

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Beep, Beep!

One of the things I love about children is that they are endlessly imaginative. Today my grandson and I took a cardboard box, some tape, and a pillow, and we made a car. We had a glorious time racing around the house. He pushed the bolt in the center of the steering wheel, saying “Beep!… Continue reading Beep, Beep!

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What is he thinking?

I have really enjoyed spending time with my grandson.  He is full of energy, talks non-stop (if only I could understand half of what he is saying), and he has a smile that would melt the hardest heart.  He has such a sunny personality.  When he sees me and says, "Hi, Gramma!"  it makes my… Continue reading What is he thinking?

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Holiday Memories

I've gone a few days without posting.  I've been busy with shopping and sending out Christmas cards/letters, not to mention shoveling mountains of snow from the latest snowstorm.  But the best thing has been having my kids come home.  It has been so wonderful to see the girls make a gingerbread house together, the boys… Continue reading Holiday Memories