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 […]


Cleophas and Elizabeth Visit Easter Sunrise Service

We have a tradition in our church of having Biblical characters visit our Easter sunrise service in the park. This year Cleophas and his wife, Elizabeth, from Emmaus told us about their encounter with the resurrected Christ. First Person Drama, written by Pastor Bob DeGray and performed by John Bauer and Zion Early. Based on […]


St. Patrick’s Day books

Posted by Sherry on 3/16/2017 in Celebrations, Children's Fiction, Folktales, Ireland, Nonfiction |

I have several books for St. Patrick’s Day or about Saint Patrick and Ireland in my library: Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of St. Patrick’s Day Symbols by Edna Barth is more than just a listing of St. Patrick’s Day symbols and customs. It’s a children’s introduction to the history and culture of Ireland, […]


Christmas in New York City, 1835

Posted by Sherry on 12/5/2016 in Biography/Memoir, Celebrations, Christmas, Christmas gifts |

A Dutch Christmas on St. Nicholas Day from Mary Mapes Dodge: Jolly Girl by Miriam E. Mason, one of the many volumes in the Childhood of Famous Americans series: “First they all sang several songs. Then somebody told the story of the first trip good Saint Nicholas made across the ocean from Holland. Finally, there […]


Christmas in Kentucky, 1809

Posted by Sherry on 12/4/2016 in Biography/Memoir, Celebrations, Christmas, General |

From Kit Carson, Trailblazer and Scout by Shannon Garst: “The homemade crib in the snug log cabin of the Linsey Carsons was seldom empty. When on Christmas Eve of 1809 the thin wail of a newborn babe rose from the battered cradle, the little cabin was already fairly bulging with Carson offspring, and the birth […]


Christmas in Vienna, 1192

Posted by Sherry on 12/2/2016 in Celebrations, Christmas gifts, General, Nonfiction |

From Tales of the Crusades by Olivia Coolidge: “Two days before Christ’s Mass, a minstrel wandered into a small town on the outskirts of Vienna. He did not sing in the marketplace, being French-speaking and in any case superior to the ragged crew thumping tabors who were already performing here and there and begging for […]


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 […]


Seven Things That Made Me Smile in April

Posted by Sherry on 5/1/2016 in 2015, Celebrations, Children's Fiction, General |

April was a difficult month, but I’m not going to tell you about all the things that made me do the opposite of smile in April. (Hint: for one, initials are DT, and police were involved in another frown-maker.) Instead, I’m going to play Pollyanna and tell you about the stuff that made me smile, […]


Christ the Lord is Risen Today by Charles Wesley

Posted by Sherry on 3/27/2016 in Celebrations, Easter, Music and Hymns |

Lyrics: Charles Wesley, 1739. Written in celebration of the first service of London’s first Wesleyan Chapel. This chapel was known as the Foundry Meeting House because Charles Wesley purchased an old foundry building to house his growing number of converts. Music: EASTER HYMN, unknown author, first published in 1708. Theme: For I delivered to you […]


Resurrection Sunday 2016

Posted by Sherry on 3/27/2016 in Celebrations, Easter, General |

Over the past few days, I’ve been republishing some edited posts from Resurrection celebrations of the past twelve years that I’ve been writing this blog. And I’ve written a few new posts to intersperse between and among. Last year on Resurrection Sunday I wrote about the most important and significant thing in my life—and about […]

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