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Book Review: Along the Broken Bay

  I am a huge fan of World War II historical novels whether set in Europe or elsewhere. For the first time I stumbled upon one based in the Philippines and I loved it. Here is a brief synopsis (without too many spoilers): December 1941. War has erupted in the Pacific, spelling danger for Gina...
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Book Review: The Paris Library

  I read quite a bit of WWII historical fiction and consider myself to be something of an expert in this genre. Imagine how excited to find a novel about a librarian (like me) during this tumultuous time in history! Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: a handsome police officer beau...
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Book Review: The Switch

  The last book I read was about the Vietnam War, so I opted for something a little less daunting and a lot more fun this time around.  I just finished reading a delightful book titled The Switch by UK author, Beth O’Leary. I breezed through it with a smile on my face; it’s a...
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Book Review: The Mountains Sing

"Human lives were short and fragile. Time and illnesses consumed us, like flames burning away these pieces of wood. But it didn’t matter how long or short we lived. It mattered more how much light we were able to shed on those we loved and how many people we touched with our compassion." – The...
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Sky Full of Stars: Book Review

    Synopsis A Sky Full of Stars: Learning to Surrender to God’s Perfect Plans is about blogger Meg Apperson’s poignant journey of pain and loss. As a young person, her suffering took the form of sexual abuse, a teenage marriage and divorce. As a mother, she watched two of her children fight rare diseases...
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LIFE ISN’T EASY

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LOVE IS THE ANSWER

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Light in the Darkness

We are living in an epic time in history, a time when fear has grabbed us by the throat and is holding fast. I'm trying hard not to obsess about coronavirus all day long, but it sure isn't easy.... everywhere we turn there is bad news. It's like driving past a car accident without gawking....
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TODAY’S QUOTE:

I've seen this quote attributed to both Zig Ziglar and Jim Rohn, two men who have inspired millions. Their advice applies to all.
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Healthcare Heroes

Here I sit sheltering in place in my safe, cozy home, feeling sorry for myself because I can't go to work, dine out, see a movie in the theatre, or hug my grandchildren. Like most of you, my anxiety has been ramping up over the past two weeks because of the unseen enemy who lurks...
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THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE – Amy’s Book Pick of the Week

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? Are you looking for a novel set during a time other than WWII? If so, then this week's book pick is perfect for you. Take a break from social media and Covid-19 prognostications and pick up a good book!     Synopsis Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of...
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YOUR VALUE

No matter what your current circumstances are, no matter what you have done, God values and loves you. Never forget that!  
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DAISY JONES & THE SIX – Amy’s Book Pick of the Week

Hi, friends! Since my favorite aspect of working at my local library is helping patrons discover new books, I thought I'd take this readers advisory service to cyber patrons like YOU! This week's pick is Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Synopsis Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band came...
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NEW EVERY MORNING

The other day my husband and I looked at each other across the table and said "good riddance" to 2019. It was a difficult year filled with almost insurmountable heartbreak. Sadly, we had to go back to 2006 to find a year we were sad to see end. Still, we never completely gave up hope....
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Gratitude Day 1 – Coffee

A couple years ago when I was going through a painful season in my life, a dear friend suggested I write something I was grateful for each day. Nearly every day for a year, I posted a gratitude challenge on my social media sites. It helped me appreciate the simple things despite my circumstances. Well,...
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Vikings Super Fan

Yesterday the Minnesota Vikings won a nail biter against the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of fans were excited about the victory, but none more than Glen Raisanen, a longtime friend of ours. He is a unique guy filled with personality and enthusiasm. Now a video of him cheering has gone viral. If this video (below...
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JUST ONE LIFE

I don't believe in reincarnation... who would want to do this all over again? No, I have just one shot at making the most of my life. I want to live this life accepting my imperfections and recognizing that even though not everyone will be my biggest fan; I have surrounded myself with people who...
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THE BROKEN TREE

On my way into town I often take a shortcut through the countryside. On the south side of the road stood three trees, strong and proud, and oh so beautiful. The other day I drove past the property again and found this heartbreaking sight. I had to pull over to the side of the road...
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BOOK REVIEW: EDUCATED

  In 1986, Tara Westover was born into a Mormon survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho. She prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal...
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JUICY FRUIT AND SNOOSE

My Grandpa Art, God rest his soul, was a proud and sturdy Norwegian—a farmer from the plains of North Dakota. He passed away on this day in 2001. The terrorist attacks took place the following day, so traveling to his funeral was challenging for many. When I think of my grandpa, the word epic comes...
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