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Book Review and GIVEAWAY: A Trail of Crumbs

Originally posted on Alexis De Weese:
After a not-so-long wait that couldn’t end soon enough, the sequel to A Cup of Dust is out and ready for readers! (Please note that I did not review Cup as it released during the hiatus…) A Trail…

Rules of the Great Depression: Do Without

For the past two days we’ve talked about the rules of the Great Depression. Use it up Wear it out Make do And today’s is possibly the hardest. Do without. Sigh. Do without. There were many things folks went without during the years of…

Rules of the Great Depression: Make Do

There were four rules of The Great Depression that helped folks make it through those tough economic times. Use it up Wear it out Make do Do without Yesterday we talked about using up what we’ve got and wearing it out. Today, we’re going to…

I found home here.

From the day I moved into the college dorm my freshman year until the day of my wedding I lived the life of a nomad. From dorm rooms to summer housing on campus to an apartment to a spare room to sharing a room…

11 Facts about Black Sunday

If you read A Cup of Dust you know that the story ended on Palm Sunday, 1935. All seems well. Sunny, bright, blue sky, the dust is over. If, however, you know the history of the Dust Bowl, you are aware that the day didn’t…

Finding friends in books.

I remember the first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was in eighth grade and going through a rough time. My best friend had just decided that she didn’t want to be my pal, let alone my best one. I…

5 Depression Era Tricks for Saving on Groceries

  I consider myself a frugal shopper. I clip coupons, compare prices, shop the sales. But my accumulative savings are nothing – NOTHING – compared to the housewives of the Great Depression. While researching for the Pearl Spence Novels, I learned how the women of…

Truth Still Matters

We have a winner of Amelia Rhodes‘ amazing new book Pray A to Z! Congratulations, Amy Nemececk! I’ll be emailing for your address and I’ll get your book in the mail soon! A week ago I read an article that the Oxford Dictionary had decided on…

When We Pray

When I was in first grade my friend Stephanie was diagnosed with a rare disease. Now, I don’t remember what it was called, but I know that at the time I didn’t realize how serious it was. I remember, though, that she had to…

If you can be anything be a peacemaker

I spent the weekend deep in fever and soaked in herbal tea. What resulted was a small thought about making peace. After several attempts at writing them down, the best I could do was this feeble effort at a poem. Still, it’s a look…

A Rare Gift

A few weeks ago my husband took me to the symphony. The man knows how music feeds my soul. He’s good to me. That night we were to hear a whole lot from Mozart, a French horn concerto by Rosetti, and a cello concerto…

Reluctant voters, less than sparkly candidates, and the Kingdom of God

Let’s have a bit of a sit down. Is that all right with you? These are wild times, wouldn’t you agree? We’ve got a nation of reluctant voters trying to decide between two candidates that aren’t so sparkly. On the daily I read article…

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