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Autumn Beginnings

Posted by Sherry on 8/28/2017 in Autumn, Children's Fiction, General |

Hooray for fall! Here are a few introductory lines from children’s fiction books with an autumn setting—or at least, an autumn beginning: MoominValley in November by Tove Jansson. “Early one morning in Moominvalley Snufkin woke up in his tent with the feeling that autumn had come and that it was time to break camp.” B […]

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Now Thank We All Our God

Posted by Sherry on 11/24/2016 in Autumn, Celebrations, Christian Life |

” I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in […]

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October 25th

Posted by Sherry on 10/25/2014 in --October, Autumn, Birthdays, Celebrations, General, History |

1154: Henry II becomes King of England. Henry was married to the much older (nine to eleven years older) Eleanor of Aquitaine, who had been previously married to the King of France, Louis VII, until she managed to get her marriage annulled. Henry himself was nineteen years when he married Eleanor and only twenty-one when […]

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Poetry Friday: October’s Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson

Posted by Sherry on 10/10/2014 in --October, Autumn, Birthdays, Celebrations, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

Novelist, poet, and activist Helen Hunt Jackson was born October 15, 1830. She wrote a nonfiction book titled A Century of Dishonor in which she exposed government mistreatment of the Native American peoples. “Jackson sent a copy to every member of Congress with a quote from Benjamin Franklin printed in red on the cover: ‘Look […]

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Autumn Nature Reading

Posted by Sherry on 9/21/2014 in Autumn, General, Nonfiction |

I found these two related posts about good nature books for children and adults in a long ago Carnival of Children’s Literature that I can’t get to now. I’m glad I saved the links. Beth at Real Learning has a whole 12 weeks worth of autumn nature reading suggestions for an intensive nature study. I’m […]

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Thanksgiving

Posted by Sherry on 11/28/2013 in Autumn, Celebrations, Christian Life, General |

“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” ~Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation of […]

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Thank God for Books

Posted by Sherry on 11/26/2013 in Autumn, Celebrations, General |

Rather than do a Thanksgiving book post of my own, I thought I’d share some links to some of the Thanksgiving book delicious-ness that I’ve discovered at other blogs in the wake of KidLitCon. I’ve been visiting the blogs that are linked to the Kidlitosphere website, and many of the bloggers have Thanksgiving book posts. […]

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U.S. Constitution Day

Posted by Sherry on 9/15/2013 in Autumn, Celebrations, General, Nonfiction |

Constitution Day is celebrated in the United States each year on September 17th, the day that the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Educational institutions receiving funding through the Department of Education are required to participate by holding educational programs pertaining to the U.S. Constitution. I think this particular instance of unwarranted interference […]

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Poetry Friday: To Autumn by John Keats

Posted by Sherry on 9/6/2013 in Autumn, Celebrations, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With […]

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Sunday Salon: September

Posted by Sherry on 9/1/2013 in --September, Autumn, Birthdays, Celebrations, General |

It’s the beginning of the –brrr months, as my husband calls them, our favorite season of the year. We’ve started school, had our disasters and reluctant bouts with self-discipline, and now it’s time to settle in, learn, and enjoy the autumn. Autumn is a lovely word, by the way, “from Old French, autumpne, or directly […]

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