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Cold hands, warm heart

Originally posted on bluebird of bitterness:

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Growing Bookworms: Books to help children cope with change

Originally posted on Writing to be Read:
Welcome to the first post of 2022 in the Growing Bookworms series. A lot of people and children face change at the beginning of a new calendar year. In the Southern Hemisphere, children…

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Coming to America – Circa 1905

Originally posted on toritto:
My grandfather Francesco at the wedding of his grand daughter – circa 1950.  He was a 33 year old widower in 1905 with 3 young children, no wife to care for them and no future in the…

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‘Tis the Season to Be Kind

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Originally posted on No Facilities:
My one-liner is inside the video below. That’s my favorite Christmas commercial, and has been on the air for the past 39 years in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Some people say it isn’t the Christmas…

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Giving – Dollar General, Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton, and Me

It is the season of giving.  I can’t tell you how much it meant for me to give to Read Aloud West Virginia.  This would not have happened if I hadn’t been a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show.  Her … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations Rewind – The Third Day of Christmas with guests – Jennie Fitzkee, Lisa Thomson #Food Carol Taylor, Camembert Puffs and Mulled Wine

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Welcome to the rewind of the series from 2018 which features not only the food and traditions of Christmas but also some special guests who it would be lovely to share Christmas dinner with…

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Originally posted on Don Ostertag: Off Stage:
A Reblog to remember December 7th, 1941 Even the open sea had adopted the Sunday morning calm of the towns that outlined the clover-leaf shaped harbor. The glow from the lights of Saturday…

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Play is Important – Here’s Why

We all hear that play is important for children.  I know it’s important.  It’s their work; how they learn to make friends, negotiate, solve problems with objects, and solve problems with other children.  Play is having fun, and it’s also … Continue reading

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A Few Quotations on Books

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
( “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”                              Marcus Tullius Cicero ( “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving May you enjoy friends, family, and be thankful. Count your blessings and give to others. Carry the spirit of Thanksgiving, always.

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