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SPRINGFIELD ROMANCE

One day in April, 1837, a tall, sad-looking man, dressed in a too-short, shabby suit, rode into Springfield, Illinois. Springfield was a new town on the frontier and the newly-selected state capital of Illinois. When the snow melted in the spring or after a rainstorm,...

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WHAT IS TRUTH?

“What is truth?” The Roman governor Pilate asked Jesus this question. (John 18:38) What is truth? It’s hard to decipher the true from the false unless you know the facts. So much false news circulates today, we are hard-pressed to discover the truth. We’ve witnessed...

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Viewing History Through Fiction

Please meet my friend and fellow author Elaine Cooper. Elaine has two new historical fiction book releases. I’ve read Fields of the Fatherless and Saratoga Letters, and I recommend both. If you’ve never read one of her books, I encourage you to do so. Elaine Marie...

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Are You Balanced?

Do you ever walk along the top of a curb to see how long you can keep your balance? I still do it from time to time. I truly admire the gymnasts who perform complicated routines on a narrow beam placed above the floor. If the gymnast loses her balance, however, she...

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MISSING PERSONS

I noticed a grave marker with the name and dates of a former classmate. And that got me thinking about missing persons, people from my past who are no longer a part of my life. My father, my sister, my grandson, my in-laws are absent because of death. I have good and...

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New Beginnings

 "Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la." "Deck the Hall" is a joyous melody that's fun to sing. According to my Christmas carol book, it's of Welsh origin with a traditional melody....

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What About Mary?

Some people like biblical fiction, a story based on the Bible but with details from the author's imagination and historical facts. This is Mary's story told by a fictional cousin, Joanna. I am Joanna, from Nazareth. Mary and I grew up together, playing childish games,...

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Cookie Season

Christmas is a time for sharing cookie recipes. With so many people sharing their favorites, want to share one of my favorites. A few years ago I found a cookie recipe on a package of Hershey's Special Dark Kisses. I make the cookies for Christmas and once or twice a...

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Looking Back and Forward

Change is a part of living. It's not always easy to accept. Change came as I moved into the realm of book publishing. The journey has been long but well worth it. Meadow Song was released on November 20. My book launch party on December 1 was a success. I am grateful...

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A Significant Family Day–Happy Birthday, Mom

Today my mom turns 104.  For the past several years, we've gathered at her house to celebrate with pizza, which she loves to eat, and a large group of family members. Last year over 50 people crowded into her moderately-sized house. This year Mom requested that we not...

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Another Birthday

Seven years ago yesterday my husband and I were in Fort Worth, Texas, awaiting our grandson's birth. God performed a miracle that day because a baby boy, whose life expectancy was zero, lived. I saw God's grace at work in the lives of his parents as they welcomed him...

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