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Longfellow’s Christmas Bells

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016

The sorrow behind the joyful words. As a writer, I’m always fascinated to learn the history behind the stories and how the events at the time might influence the  words that flow onto a blank page. Good or bad, joyous or devastating–strong emotions can evolve into powerful prose. A good example is a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of my all time favorites. Longfellow’s Sorrow In the case of Christmas Bells, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the words to...

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Christmas Traditions at the White House

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016

Each First Lady of the United States brought her own style to the holiday decorations and celebrations at the White House. Their contributions were recognized and a few of these traditions are still being honored. While visiting the George W Bush Museum and Library in Dallas, I purchased a book from the gift shop: CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE by Jennifer B. Pickens (Fife and Drum Press 2009). Filled with personal accounts, pictures, and historical information, the book spans...

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FREE eBook

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016

Book #1 of the Rescue Animal Series is FREE A limited time offer December 1 – 3 Find it on Amazon and read it NOW! A heartwarming tale about two shelter puppies who find their forever home. Filled with vivid photos, this is a story about trust and love, and watching out for your...

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Christmas Decorations from America’s Mansion

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016

2004 Washington D.C. Christmas While visiting family in the Dallas area, my Uncle suggested we attend the opening of a holiday exhibit. The actual holiday decorations used in the 2004 White House are now on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. History and Christmas: two of my all-time favorite topics. Decorations that are planned and approved by each First Lady become part of that Presidential Library inventories and are stored for future exhibits. In 2004,...

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