Each day

Each day can start a new year. James (Apr.’19) continues, “Self-improvement need not wait.”


Recently, Editor Frances told me the books she was reading before bedtime. They were all set in the Oregon and Dakota territories. I made the following list of books for her, also set in those times. (Perhaps you would enjoy them, too!) Following are titles of Jane Kirkpatrick’s “Change and Cherish” series: A Clearing in […]


Published in 2017, Before We Were Yours is a book by Lisa Wingate based on a true story of abuse. Inspired by a true story, this novel tells the tale of two families, generations apart, that are forever changed by events in an orphanage, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society from the 1920’s through 1950’s. It’s […]

new memories

Each day can bring forth new memories. James (Mar.’19) ads, “Old letters and photos may trigger sentimentality.”


A friend often sends me the “God Squad” column from her Saturday newspaper. The author, Jewish Rabbi Marc Gellman, is such a wise man!  (See next page.) In a recent column, he said he did not fully understand how one could love their enemies. I agree. It’s likely the most a human can shoot for […]


I love to read. I also love to lay in the sun. During a month-long Florida vacation I read eight books and also soaked up the sun! Happiness, happiness! Following is a list of books I read.  The following titles are listed in the order I read them.   Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, […]


I picked up The Children’s Act for one Swiss franc (about one US dollar) at a local renfile, where all kinds of donated goods are sold for very reasonable prices. (I looked up “renfile” in my French-English dictionary. It comes from “renfiler: to rethread, to thread again, restring: clothing: to slip back into….”) Here’s how reading the book developed: […]


This novel is written by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle. The inspirational story is about what matters at the end of life. When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to have surgery, radiation and chemo. Rather than confining herself to a hospital, Miss Norma, who was newly widowed, rose to her full […]


Our last book club read was Humbug: the Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge by Tony Bertauski.  It is a modern, somewhat science-fiction retelling of the Dickens classic.  It lands about mid-point on my rating scale from one to ten –ten being I liked it very much. (Part of my issue with it is likely the fact […]


This book by Jane Kirkpatrick is based on a real person. Jennie Pickett is a strong young woman with a lot to learn. She struggled to learn to read and write. Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie longs to become a doctor. The Oregon frontier of the 1870’s doesn’t […]