Crown of Thorns

Son of Mary is Book 1 in the Crown of Thorns series by R. S. Ingermanson. It’s about one of the most creative concepts I’ve ever heard of: what if, instead of thousands of years ago, the Incarnation happened in modern Palestine? Even though I knew the basic plot, this book was so exciting I…
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Different Like Me

Different Like Me by Xochitl Dixon is a wonderful book to teach kids to accept – and enjoy – others who are different than themselves. The illustrations are lovely and show the story in an entertaining way. Information at the back will help parents and educators. The Christian content is inspiring. I love this book!
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I’m Back!

It is such a relief to be able to blog again! I’ve been thinking about masks, for obvious reasons. Back when I was a kid there were stories about bandits who covered the lower parts of their faces with bandanas so they couldn’t be identified. But now I see people with that part of their…
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The Worst Job I Ever Had

Years ago I was hired to teach first grade at a private school in the San Francisco Bay Area. (I won’t be more specific.) The principal who hired me in June told me she was leaving, and there would be a new principal when the next school year began. The week before school would start…
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History

During theSpanish Influenza epidemic more than 100 years ago my father was sent away from the city to stay with his grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains. At the end of the school year when he was able to return he was given the kerosene lantern from the bedside table he’d used and the hand-held school…
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Fourth of July Appreciation

Where I live, in the Sierra foothills of California, the Fourth of July has always been a big deal. Grass Valley and Nevada City alternate between having the parade, which includes music, floats, lots of groups marching, etc. and reaches for blocks.The Nevada County Fairgrounds has a lot going on all day and a spectacular…
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