Is It Courage – Or Strength?

In light of my post yesterday on vaccine mandates, some comments caused me to reflect. Comments that expressed concern for our situation. Or commended our courage in following our convictions. It was the latter that made me pause.

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It’s An Ill Wind: Vaccine Mandates

Winter is usually brief in our area, no matter what the calendar says. We get more rain than snow. Most years the cold doesn’t start until December or January and starts to wane by the end of February. This year it blew in with a vengeance, with temperatures below average. And with extra strong winds, which of course makes it seem even colder.

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Five-Hand Christmas!

“Merry and bright? With all the economic woes, inflation, and instability? A bright and merry Christmas seems unlikely this year. Even celebrating in the midst of all this seems crazy, let alone trying to make it merry and joyful! And Christmas gifts, now?

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All I Know About Cooking I Learned From my Italian Mother-in-Law

Everything I ever knew about cooking I learned from my Italian mother-in-law! (Wouldn’t that have made a great title!?) But it’s not true. 🤔 I already knew how to cook, and didn’t need lessons from Mamma Anna. But she did teach me menu planning, albeit second hand. And I have learned a lot about cooking from living in Italy. (Eating with Italians is in itself a cooking lesson!)

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These Difficult Times: Time to Reset?

At the risk of sounding like a doomsday prophet I’d say difficult times are upon us and bound to get worse. Financial woes, unstable governments, alarming Great Resets, crumbling values. There are also existential threats to health and the environment, according to experts.

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Raising Readers in a Technological Era

From the time our children were babies we read to them a lot, identifying pictures in books. Building their vocabulary, along with a love of books, one word at a time. And it paid off! Our daughter could already say many words at 9 months. And by age one, she spoke in complete sentences! Our son, also an early starter, was only a bit behind his sister.

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