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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day to the women who shaped my life and helped me be who I am today. I love you.   Margaret Maclean Rayfuse Jones, my mother. (Taken in 1956 at Lac du Bonnet, Winnipeg, Manitoba)  Fay Christensen Smith, my foster mother. (taken in 2016 at Calgary, Alberta)  

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Book Reviews

The Language of Sparrows

Book Review:  The Language of Sparrows, by Rachel Pfifer - When artist April Wright and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Sierra, move to Houston, Texas, they are trying to escape a past neither of them can get over. But their pain follows them, and April has no idea how to help her brilliant daughter, who learns languages… Continue reading The Language of Sparrows

Book Reviews

I Eat Books

I eat books. For breakfast, along with my cereal, fruit, and milk, I eat the bread of life found in the scriptures. For lunch, along with a peanut butter and jam sandwich, I’ll add a chapter or so of Harry Potter, or perhaps a chunk of the Dead Sea Scrolls (in English). Afternoons, I need… Continue reading I Eat Books

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Greensleeves

Book Review:  Greensleeves, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw   Shannon Lightley has reached the end of high school and wonders what to do.  All her life, she’s been pulled in many directions and has tried without success to fit in.  She’s lived all over Europe with both sets of famous parents, lived with her aunts and… Continue reading Greensleeves

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Birthmarked

Book Review: Birthmarked, by Caragh M. O’Brien Gaia Stone is a sixteen-year-old midwife who lives in a harsh world where a quota of babies must be handed over to the elite society who lives within the Enclave. When her parents are arrested, Gaia begins to question everything she has been taught. She sets out to… Continue reading Birthmarked

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Saint Anything

Book review:  Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen. Sydney has always been the quiet one in the family, while her older brother, Peyton, gets all the attention from their parents. His behavior becomes increasingly wild, and when a drunk driving spree results in an accident that leaves a boy in a wheel chair, Peyton ends up… Continue reading Saint Anything

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The Humming Room

Book Review: The Humming Room - by Ellen Potter When Roo Fanshaw’s parents are murdered, she is sent to live with her reclusive uncle on Cough Rock Island. She was raised without love, and she doesn’t expect any when she arrives at her isolated, forbidding new home, which was once a sanitarium for children with… Continue reading The Humming Room

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Stories from a Father

When my sister and I moved to our new foster home, we had no idea how much our lives would change. We came with a lot of problems that stemmed from the destructive home life we had survived. Now we were finally in a stable environment with a family that loved each other and extended… Continue reading Stories from a Father

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Experiments in Life

I just started reading The Guinea Pig Diaries, by journalist A.J. Jacobs. He thinks up an experiment (as in experiments of living life), carries it out, and then writes about the results. He outsources his life to a team in India, with hilarious results. (His wife must really love him.) He disguises himself as a… Continue reading Experiments in Life

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John Denver

On Saturday my husband and I drove up to Park City to the Deer Valley Music Festival. The night’s performance was Take Me Home - The Music of John Denver. The concert was performed by Jim Curry on guitar, with his wife, Annie, also on guitar, and accompanied by the Utah Symphony with Jerry Steichen… Continue reading John Denver