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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! God bless America, land that I love...

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Book Review: Huckleberry Hearts

Book Review: Huckleberry Hearts - by Jennifer Beckstrand: What a beautiful story! I have enjoyed all of Jennifer Beckstrand's books, and I'm always glad to see Anna and Felty Helmuth up to their matchmaking tricks. This time their efforts are for their granddaughter Cassie, who has left the Amish way of life and is studying… Continue reading Book Review: Huckleberry Hearts

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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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In Remembrance

Today we remember and honor all those who served our country, who sacrificed their time, health, and sometimes their lives so that we could have a peaceful, safe, and free land.  My father and grandfather both served in the Canadian Armed Forces.  They understood the price of freedom.  They loved their country and were willing… Continue reading In Remembrance

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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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Longing For Home

Book Review: Longing For Home, by Sarah M. Eden. Katie Macauley has seen poverty, starvation, death, cold, and the cruelty of mankind in her young life, yet she possesses great courage and determination. Carrying the fiddle she stole from her father, Katie arrives in the frontier Wyoming town of Hope Springs with one object in… Continue reading Longing For Home

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America the Beautiful

Independence Day was the beginning of a fun holiday weekend, with family and friends gathered together to eat, play games, go swimming, watch the latest FIFA game, and talk. The best time of all was at dusk on July fourth when we all piled in the car, drove to a good spot, and watched the… Continue reading America the Beautiful

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In Remembrance

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, our local elementary school children gathered outside while veterans conducted a short ceremony to honor those who served in the armed forces.  The children put their hands over their hearts and watched in silence as the color guard raised the flag, and then… Continue reading In Remembrance

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I Have a Dream

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and gave a powerful speech at, as he predicted, was “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” His words still echo around the world, still today move our hearts and inspire our… Continue reading I Have a Dream

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Horses

Horses have always been (for me) a symbol of freedom, courage, and beauty. As a child I put on my black rubber boots and galloped out in the rain, neighing as I crested the green grassy hill on the playground. Trips to the library included as many of C. W. Anderson’s books as I could… Continue reading Horses