Childhood — An Abundant Source of Wonderful Memories

When Ray and I headed out of town recently, we decided to avoid early morning traffic by taking a rural route around Nashville. With Ray in the driver’s seat, I started my ride by enjoying the early morning sunshine on the beautiful backroad hills and hollows. My enjoyment soon faded into a much-needed nap after my late night of […]

A Once in 350 Years Opportunity

French carpenter Gaspard Boucher of the town Mortagne in the province of Perche landed in Quebec in 1634 or 1635. His oldest son Pierre was thirteen. Gaspard worked for Jesuits on their farm at Notre-Dame-des-Anges. Pierre received his education from the Jesuits. When Pierre was fifteen years old, he went to live with the Jesuits […]

Sharing the Voyage of Life

When European settlers came to make homes in North America, different European countries concentrated in certain areas. The English settled along the Atlantic Ocean, the Spanish went south and to the southwest, and the French went inland on the St. Lawrence to what is now Quebec. Samuel de Champlain is considered the founder of New France. […]

Celebrating the 4th of July a Century Ago

In thinking about what to write about the 4th of July, I decided to scour the Library of Congress for photos of Americans celebrating Independence Day. Soon I realized that several of the photos I found were approximately a century ago. For example, here is a scene from a 4th of July parade in Alaska […]