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What are your favorite aspects of Christmas? Celebrating the birth of Christ? Enjoying the lights? The beautiful music? Bright, new clothing? The fun and unexpected moments that occur? You’ll find all of these things at the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Performed each year for several […]

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Buying a piano is a big decision and a large investment. One of the first considerations is whether to buy an acoustic piano or its newer sibling, the digital piano. What’s the Difference – Acoustic vs. Digital An acoustic piano is the piano you knew growing up. It produces sound through a soundboard and strings […]

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My daughter had a dance rehearsal about 30 minutes from home. It was a 2-hour practice, and I didn’t feel it would be a good use of my resources to drive home before picking her up again, so I needed something to do. She came up with an idea for me: she’d heard that “Frozen” […]

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You may have never heard the name Gene Stratton Porter, but if you had lived 100 years ago, that would not be so. Born in 1863, Gene was one of America’s most popular novelists and is still considered by many to be Indiana’s most famous female author. Her most famous books, Freckles and Girl of […]

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Save Money and Resources with This Free Alternative to Wax Paper and Plastic Bags Our family used to throw away five or six empty cereal boxes each week, and with the boxes, the plastic liner bags inside. No more! I have found a way to reuse these, thereby “greening up” my kitchen, reusing resources, and […]

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Stuffed animals – my kids love them. So when my daughter asked for a stuffed animal birthday party, I began researching. I was frustrated to discover that almost everything I could find online dealt with having a party at the popular Build-A-Bear stores. This was not what we wanted. After some brainstorming and creativity, we […]

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My oldest daughter is a high school senior, and I’ve found that when my kids go through any stage, it brings me back to when I went through it myself. Here’s a photo of me in my senior year pre-calculus class, in the 1980s. First, of course, we notice the hair and glasses. Oh, my. […]

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In 1996, my husband and I visited Israel for a week. It was quite memorable, because as a Christian, it was surreal to actually SEE many of the places I had heard and read about so often in the Bible. First, some general observations: Israel is quite small. It is just 1/3 the size of […]

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A few years back, two of the girls and I spent an enjoyable afternoon touring “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad – the Levi Coffin House in Fountain City, Indiana. The house is easy to find, right on the main street of town. There is ample parking at the side and the admission is […]

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This month’s book reviews: “Pretending to Be Normal” is Liane Willey’s memoir. She grew up knowing she was different from others, but only as an adult, after she’d had three children, did she learn that she had Asperger’s Syndrome. Willey views AS in a mostly positive way, and indeed she has been quite blessed to […]

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