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Eight Tiny Reindeer

December 17, 2015

At Christmastime we read and hear poems, stories, and songs about reindeer. There are those eight tiny reindeer, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, and the one that ran over Grandma. Once, Harold Kurtz, a missionary in the Presbyterian …( read more )

Geese And Crabapples

October 2, 2014

Across from our house is a park that has a couple of ponds in it. When they built the park, they brought some ducks and geese to make their home around the ponds. Now there are not many ducks, but a lot of geese. They love to come into …( read more )

Apple Cider

November 19, 2010

On a hot fall day, our high school marching band took part in the Apple Festival in Chilhowie, Virginia, USA. We marched in a parade, and then waited around for our time to compete in the field competition. After that … (read more)

The Blue Jay

October 31, 2010

There is a tree not far from the covered patio behind my parents' house. For years, my mother has taken bread and other food, torn it into small pieces, and thrown it out off the patio. In the morning, there … (read more)

The White Cat

July 26, 2009

We are used to seeing animals come onto our property. We have a large yard and a pasture. One day, there was a totally white cat, which we had never seen before, sitting near our birdfeeder. It was intensely watching … (read more)


July 8, 2009

When we think of gifts for women, we probably think of flowers, candy, etc. But what about a hand plough? Or maybe a wheelbarrow? I know a woman who got these last two as gifts. A hand plough as a … (read more)

When Was It?

May 26, 2009

I read about Mike May, who lost his sight when he was three years old. Forty years later, medical technology had created a way, through surgery, for him to see. Even though his eye turned out perfectly, his brain could … (read more)

Seeing But Not Seeing

May 19, 2009

The news has had stories of some people who have been blind for a long time. Then, through medical technology, they are now able to see. They could see items — but their brains could not process all they saw. … (read more)

On The Trail

November 17, 2008

Our town is a mail stop on the Appalachian Trail. I have talked to some of the hikers on the trail. I have learned that every now and then, a tree will be marked to let them know that they … (read more)

Jail And Bail

October 1, 2008

A friend of mine was approached by a sheriff's deputy, who served him with a warrant. The friend was then handcuffed, placed into a cruiser, and taken to a makeshift jail, where he had to serve time until he could … (read more)

Tabby And Rambo

February 14, 2007

In July, a dark grey kitten showed up at our house. She was so loving. She would jump up onto anyone's lap to be petted. Of course, we loved having a cat like that, so we kept her. We named … (read more)


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