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Today’s Little Tales focuses on one of my very favorite Little People toys ever: the houseboat. I was maybe 7 or 8 when I got it, and I spent hours and hours playing with it. It spent lots of time docked on dry land, but I also brought it out into our plastic swimming pool, […]

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The Duggar family, made famous in the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” is conservative and Christian. But many of their beliefs are far more modest than those practiced by most Christians. For instance, we all remember oldest son Josh and his wife Anna, as well as daughter Jill and now-husband Derick Dillard,  saving their […]

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On last week’s Little Tales post, KJ mentioned having a Little People RV (somehow I missed that particular toy), and the fun she’d had with the little toilet that was included. That’s one of my favorite aspects of Fisher Price Little People toys: the attention to detail. Here is my ferris wheel, nearly 50 years […]

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How to Dust a High Gloss Piano

Glossy Finish Can Be a Challenge to Maintain I was so excited to get a grand piano several years ago. However, I quickly learned that its high gloss finish attracted dust faster than honey draws bees. I wanted a clean piano. How could I effectively dust a piano with a high-gloss finish? Micro-fiber Cloth My […]

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Today, I begin a new feature on Girls in White Dresses Blog: Little Tales. These feature the beloved Fisher Price Little People of my childhood. I’ll share memories, but I’m hoping some of you will join in as well. There’s just something about these toys. Check them out in the blog button (made by my […]

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Camilla Parker Bowles has been called the most hated woman in Britain, due to her long-standing relationship with Prince Charles. In many ways, their love story led to the end of Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage. How did the prince and Camilla first meet? Camilla Shand was born in 1947 (a year before Prince Charles) […]

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Christmas is over, and I’ve been reminding my girls to write thank you notes for the gifts they received. It seems like a bit of a cumbersome task, done twice each year: at Christmas, and also after birthdays. But it reminded me of a time when thank you notes were just one of many written […]

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It was just another Sunday lunch. Church was over, and we were sitting at Fazoli’s. “Where’s our food?” asked someone. “This is taking SO long!” Someone else began critiquing the sermon … and I drifted off mentally to my “happy place.” But this was interrupted by a little boy and girl, maybe 5 and 7 […]

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I don’t normally make New Year’s Resolutions, but I do have a plan for the new year. I’m going to devote an hour each weekday to a project I want to accomplish. You can get a lot done in an hour a day. Think about it: there are 260 weekdays in a year, and even […]

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“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” probably isn’t in your Top Ten Christmas carols. As a piano teacher, I can attest to the fact that hardly a single child today has ever heard of it. If you’re among the few who has, you may know it with either this melody (here, sung by Burl […]

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