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Apples Are from Kazakhstan by Christopher Robbins

Posted by Sherry on 1/28/2013 in Apples, Around the World, General, Kazakhstan, Nonfiction |

Apples Are From Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared by Christopher Robbins. Apples, tulips, golden eagles, nomadic horsemen, caviar, Genghis Khan, Scythians, Sarmatians, steppes, and lots of oil, uranium, natural gas, coal, iron ore, manganese, chrome ore, nickel, cobalt, copper, molybdenum, lead, zinc, bauxite, and gold; they’re all from Kazakhstan, a country that is larger than […]

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100 Apple-y Activities for Home and School

Posted by Sherry on 9/27/2009 in Apples, General |

1. Buy at least three different varieties of apples. Cut them into slices and take a poll as to which variety is the tastiest. 2. Sing an apple song. 3. Make an apple doll. 4. Make mini apple pies with canned biscuits and apple pie filling. Add a little filling to each biscuit and fold […]

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Apple Songs

Posted by Sherry on 9/17/2008 in Apples, Music and Hymns |

Last year in September I did a whole series of posts on apple-related things, and I invited others to link to their own apple-y posts. Somehow this post was leftover, but it’s still good even after a year in cold storage. Can you name the apple songs that feature these lyrics? Can you name the […]

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Children’s Fiction of 2007: Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow’s Nest by Karen Pavlicin

Posted by Sherry on 11/25/2007 in Apples, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards |

I liked the quiet, natural references to God and prayer and spiritual solace. I liked the family vignettes and country cozy details. I liked this conversation between Andy and his mom. Andy’s father is dead, and his mother is trying to answer some of Andy’s questions about the future: “Mom set down the bag of […]

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Poetry Friday: Apple Pie and Cheese by Eugene Field

Posted by Sherry on 9/20/2007 in Apples, Poets and poetry |

Full many a sinful notion Conceived of foreign powers Has come across the ocean To harm this land of ours; And heresies called fashions Have modesty effaced, And baleful, morbid passions Corrupt our native taste. O tempora! O mores! What profanations these That seek to dim the glories Of apple-pie and cheese! I’m glad my […]

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The Legendary Apple

Posted by Sherry on 9/17/2007 in Apples, General |

The Greek hero Heracles, as a part of his Twelve Labours, was required to travel to the Garden of the Hesperides and pick the golden apples off the tree growing at its center. The Greek goddess of discord, Eris, became disgruntled after she was excluded from the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. In retaliation, she […]

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A Sweet Year

Posted by Sherry on 9/12/2007 in Apples, Celebrations |

Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sundown. Rosh Hashanah meals often include apples and honey, a symbol of a sweet new year. I think we’ll have our own snack of apples and honey tomorrow and discuss the significance of Rosh Hashanah and the Feast of Trumpets for both Jews […]

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Speaking of Apples

Posted by Sherry on 9/10/2007 in Apples, General |

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed. Robert H. Schuller Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther The sweeter the apple, the blacker the core. Scratch a lover […]

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Apple Aphorisms

Posted by Sherry on 9/9/2007 in Apples |

She’s the apple of his eye. One bad apple spoils the whole barrel. She really knows how to polish the apple. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Don’t upset the apple-cart. Adam ate the apple, and our teeth still ache. It’s as American as apple pie. Motherhood and apple pie. You can’t compare […]

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Poetry and Fine Art Friday: Underneath an Apple Tree

Posted by Sherry on 9/7/2007 in Apples, General, Poets and poetry |

Apple Blossoms by Will Carleton Underneath an apple-tree Sat a maiden and her lover; And the thoughts within her he Yearned, in silence, to discover. Round them danced the sunbeams bright, Green the grass-lawn stretched before them While the apple blossoms white Hung in rich profusion o’er them. Naught within her eyes he read. That […]

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