You Can Bring Your Dogs, or you can bring your children. But you cannot bring your dogs and your children!

You Can Bring Your Dogs, or you can bring your children. But you cannot bring your dogs and your children!

The dog fight! This is the story of why we had to make the above rule in our house. I was standing in the sunny kitchen with Susie. The morning was bright, soft, and warm for November. Standing on the reddish-brown tiles of the floor we watched several of the dogs frolicking outside the French doors. Susie was holding her adorable baby girl. Helen was a little over 6 months old. As the big dogs belonging to Susie and Murdoch…

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Dream to Reality? I became what I admired.

Dream to Reality? I became what I admired.

Once upon a time, the Orange County Hunt met on Opening Day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Furness, Waverly, in The Plains Virginia. The Washington Post covered the elegant event in the section that used to be called For and About Women Looking at all of the color photographs, 55 years later, I was shocked to realize I knew every single person in those pictures. This happened when looking through old boxes of memorabilia. We found this…

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A Queen is Crowned 1953

A Queen is Crowned 1953

Looking back on 80 years of life is sobering. For some time now, I have been trying to organize my files, label things and throw out things no one cares about. In the process I have found amazing items I thought were lost forever. I have found things that hurt my heart to see or read about. Then there are the things that bring such joy and fulfillment that it is thick in the air around me. But it can…

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Let’s Hear It for the Truckers!

Let’s Hear It for the Truckers!

My heart goes out to the truckers in the Convoy that drove to Ottawa to protest the mandates. I applaud those headed to Washington DC, now. In fact, I am partial to all truckers everywhere. This is because I had a brief, semi-secret life as a trucker’s girlfriend. It may surprise you to know that I once traveled all over the west with a man in a Big Rig. I was simply besotted by that guy. The origin story of…

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What Do You Want? Do you know?

What Do You Want? Do you know?

The voice spoke to me from outside my body but I was alone. There was no one with me. “You don’t want to live here. You need to leave and go to Charlottesville. You want to be with your children and grandchildren. Go!” I was alone in my mothers’ bedroom on a day in late February 2020. The room was dark, curtains drawn, and the blue silk wallpaper seemed to fade out to nothing. The cream-colored, French provincial, dresser I…

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Do you care about Freedom?

Do you care about Freedom?

Are you one of those who make fun of people who talk about Free-dumb? Do you value “free speech”? Have you thought about what your life will be like when you no longer have any freedom to do as you wish? You will not be able to complain because that will be deemed “hate speech”. Can you see that the mandates are taking your freedom from you one thing at a time. And now with vaccine passports, all of your…

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Misinformation or Censorship?

Misinformation or Censorship?

A nurse told me, “Your private doctor does not care about you. They just want to make money. They do NOT care what happens to you.” She was emphatic and she sounded angry. Everyone is on edge, these days. She was adamant that doctors were in it only for the money.This was interesting because she is a nurse at a hospital. Most people I know would say that “hospitals do not care about you. They just want to make money.”…

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Are You a Conspiracy Theorist?

Are You a Conspiracy Theorist?

A ‘ conspiracy theorist ‘ is someone who engages in Critical Thinking. Isn’t that a good thing? When we are young the world is bright with promise and seems to extend out indefinitely. Even if our circumstances are dire, there is hope peaking over the horizon, seen from a distance maybe, but still possible. At the end of life, our gaze turns back to see how far from the starting point we have come. There is less time to begin…

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Snow Daze!

Snow Daze!

The sun shone behind a wall of clouds so diaphanous that it seemed to be made of sheer Mother of Pearl. Silvery, shimmering as if it would burst forth any second now in glorious glaring sunlight. But that never happened. Instead, the sky became thicker and smoother and the scent of snow was in the air. It felt damp and cold and invigorating at the same time. Snow-covered the turquoise-painted outdoor furniture on the terrace, and it covered the terrace,…

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How Do You Feel About Birthdays?

How Do You Feel About Birthdays?

Remember being 10 years old? Such a milestone, 2 digits! I was thrilled when I turned 10 that I could say something happened 10 years ago. A new type of “me” arose by the time my life contained that august number of years. Everyone has an annual birthday whether it is celebrated or not. But some are more important than others. 12 was also a big year for me, as I became a woman on my 12th birthday, much to…

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Mass Formation, how did we get here?

Mass Formation, how did we get here?

It is the lockdowns, the high anxiety, the clot shot, and general despair!!! It is shocking but it is no mystery! You can blame Fauci most of all because he is the lone spokesman for much of this. However, the American people put up with it and have not stood up for their rights or freedom. There is no one to blame but ourselves! Learn about Mass Formation. Is that what you want to be a part of? I vaccinated…

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Sickening Truths and Consequences of Government COVID Policies

Sickening Truths and Consequences of Government COVID Policies

the lies, the manipulations, the conniving, the mistakes, the corruption, the failures—and yes, even the malpractice murders—committed by our government, our bureaucrats, and our media over the last four decades, but in particular during the ugly mess of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blessed Christmas over, prepare for the New Year!

Blessed Christmas over, prepare for the New Year!

Christmas this year was one of the best ever. Our family is large and several members have birthdays in December. There is even one on the 23rd and one on Christmas Eve. These family members have parties in addition to the Christmas parties already scheduled by friends and families. None of the parties were canceled. And they were all a lot of fun. The weather was mild, and we were often outside for hiking and eating. At one birthday, the…

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Gratitude!!!

Gratitude!!!

When the sun sets with a crescendo of color so magnificent it takes the breath away, trying to capture it leads to multiple photos. Or when it rises in splendid spirals of pink, orange, fuchsia, and golden light. Brightening the dark mauve sky at dawn by degrees is God’s way of increasing the light. My first act after a moment or two of awe is to reach for my phone to memorialize the sight. Looking back through my photos for…

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Melting Down Art and History (borrowed article)

Melting Down Art and History (borrowed article)

This is such an important article I wanted to share it. Please take a look at Intellectual Takeout which is the name of the publication it came from. By Jeff Minick 3 ¼ min After the Civil War, former North Carolina governor Zeb Vance became a U.S. senator. His Northern colleagues enjoyed his affable nature and sense of humor, and some of them invited him to Massachusetts during a break in government business. While there, Vance attended a party, and…

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