Go, Tell It on the Mountain

Last Thursday night Ray and I, along with our daughter Bethany and her family, drove to the top of Lookout Mountain to enjoy Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights — we and thousands of other people! Our first stop was Lover’s Leap, decorated for Christmas with this gigantic Star of Bethlehem. From this vantage point, […]

Simple Christmas Pleasures — Wilder-Style and Local-Style

Last Saturday on the Wilder Homestead just outside Malone, New York, Laura and Almanzo Wilder fans gathered inside the Farmer Boy’s home for mulled cider and Christmas cookies. They sang carols and listened to readings of Christmas chapters from Farmer Boy. Admission to the historic home was free. I’d be surprised if there were not at […]

A Canadian Carol

Now it feels like Christmas because yesterday Ray and I attended the Cookeville Community Band’s Christmas concert. In my opinion, the crowning moment of their Christmas concert each year is when they play “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. I love to listen to and watch this song played live. It is so fun to experience the percussionists mimicking […]

Three Generations of Bridge Builders

In 1886 officials in Bartow County, Georgia, chose Washington W. King and Jonathan H. Burke to construct a covered bridge over Euharlee Creek. Euharlee is pronouned You-Harley. The Cherokee who lived in the area before they were forced west on the Trail of Tears called the creek Eufaula, which means “She laughs as she runs.” […]

Happy Thanksgiving Day

William Brewster and other believers who believed differently from the Church of England broke away from the Church in 1606. They came to be called Separatists. England’s monarch King James and his government persecuted them. In 1608 Brewster led a group of Separatists to The Netherlands to escape the persecution. It is possible that they heard […]