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An Early Thanksgiving Proclamation from Abraham Lincoln

In this Thanksgiving season, I have been especially conscious of our blessings: plenty of food, a warm house, clean water, honorable work, good friends and loving family, and the freedom to worship as we desire. As I considered this post, my mind continued to the smaller things: flowers, phones, books, toothpaste, the chickadees and finches, crunchy leaves, soft snow . . . I found myself with far too many to choose from. Instead of my own gratitude list, I decided to share Abraham Lincoln’s original Thanksgiving Proclamation with you.  But did you know he signed several throughout his presidency?  I enjoyed finding this one from Oct. 3, 1863. (The one we usually reference is dated Oct 20, 1864.) I especially like the line saying that we’re prone to forget the bounties we constantly enjoy! We are all so very blessed, this day, this minute. Even in the midst of tragedy and turmoil, whether in … Continue reading

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Can You Love the ‘Olden Days’ and Hate History?

It’s time for Stop #3 on the Blog Tour:  I’m over at fellow middle grade author Lynn Kelley’s blog today talking about my favorite “Olden Days” times.  Stop by for a visit, and see if you have the same love/hate relationship with History that I do.  (And yes, that’s a capital H on purpose!) Update on Through the Shimmer of Time:  I’m waiting for the mail carrier today . . . tomorrow . . . SOON!  The print proof has been shipped and I’ll go through it once more as soon as I get it into my hot little hands.  Cross your fingers – and watch this space! Now, pop on over to Lynn’s, please.  She’s awesome and I’d love to have some of my readers leave comments over there!

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