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The Book That Holds Power and Life

Ann was beautiful, with long, auburn hair and fair skin. She was kind-hearted, a soft whisper of a pioneer woman, like her name. She was 16 in 1829 when she traveled from Kentucky with her parents, James and Mary Ann Rutledge, and her nine siblings, to the open prairie of ...

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Beginnings Matter

Beginnings often hold the promise of good things. When my grandparents were married in 1927, it was a time of new hope for both of them.  My grandfather had finally regained his health after suffering from Tuberculosis brought on by weakened lungs after he contracted influenza during the 1918 pandemic. ...

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Minnie’s Doll

Minnie was eight years old in 1912 when her photograph was taken. She wore a cream-colored dress with a large sailor’s collar, three pearl buttons sewn on the fabric.  A pointed, cloth bonnet covered her hair, her braids peeking out the sides. She wore dark stockings over her legs.  There ...

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What Would You Give Your Life For?

“For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man… I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life.”  Wilbur Wright, 1900 Wilbur Wright believed that his flying machine was worth the cost. He was a ...

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Time To Stop Playing Church

Every Sunday, churches are filled with those who are simply” playing” games with God. They line up in rows to watch the “show”. If it is good enough, they stay and even come back occasionally. However, if it is not entertaining, they will drift off. Stop with the plastic smiles, ...

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