WELCOME TO GUEST WRITER, KAREN MEYER – “The Ohio Frontier History Lady” and Author of Eight Books Including North to Freedom and Choosing Sides. Writers write. There are many reasons people venture into writing—fame, fortune, revealing unknown history, or need to tell a personal story. I began writing historical fiction for children because I find history fascinating and…

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“Kids don’t know how to play anymore.” You’ve probably heard this said.  I’m happy to report that creative play is alive and well, but sometimes you’ll need to “intentionally” help advance it. A few weeks ago, two of our granddaughters—cousins—spent time at our home. I’ve learned to limit the length of their get-togethers. They beg…

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WELCOME TO OUR GUEST AUTHOR, BARB WAITE – Elsie: Adventures of an Arizona School Teacher 1913-1916 and Elsie’s Mountain: Memories of Palomar & Southern California 1897-1987 During the early years of our missionary life on the nine by twelve-mile island, Christmas time had its own unique traditions. No matter where you lived on the island of Antigua,…

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Did you play “Red Light, Green Light” when you were a child? It was a simple stop-and-go game where one person was IT—the traffic light. The rest of the players stood in a line facing IT while she turned her back a good distance away and called out, “Green light!” The players then ran as…

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As I crossed the parking lot heading toward the rec center where I exercise most mornings, I had to step between metal posts placed strategically several yards from the large glass entry doors.  The task at hand—get inside before I change my mind about my workout and go pick up a fresh almond bear claw…

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” blurted the girl as she came toe to toe with her playmate’s unkind remarks. There are probably more up-to-date comebacks for today’s world, but I think this one has stood the test of time. The thing is it doesn’t take a child…

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