Are You Ready for a New Mystery Photo Game?

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It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? ~Henry David Thoreau Do you ever feel as though you might just be spinning in place and not getting anywhere? Sometimes that’s how I feel. I’m busy, busy, busy, but what am I really getting done? I have had a busy …

Frontier Nursing Stories

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  Last time I wrote about the all important saddlebags the Frontier nurse midwives carried, but the horses they slung those saddlebags over were as necessary as air to the nurses as they rode up into the mountains to deliver babies and treat the mountain people. When Mary Breckinridge or her representatives went out to recruit people, they looked for …

Saddlebags and Horses

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ATTENTION! NURSE GRADUATES WITH A SENSE OF ADVENTURE! YOUR OWN HORSE, YOUR OWN DOG, AND A THOUSAND MILES OF KENTUCKY MOUNTAINS TO SERVE. JOIN MY NURSES BRIGADE AND HELP SAVE CHILDREN’S LIVES. WRITE TO: M. BRECKINRIDGE, HYDEN, KENTUCKY USA Even though this was an advertisement the Frontier Nursing Service put in London newspapers and the Glasgow Times in Scotland to …

A Dedicated Woman – Mary Breckinridge

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“Where the land is rough and steep, nature is not easily conquered even after wild beasts and wilder men have been subdued. …a dogged determination to survive keeps a mountaineer’s body lean and his mind alert. His dwelling place in awesome regions tends to give him dignity of manner …accentuated by his sparse use of words.” (Mary Breckinridge describing the …

Babies in Saddlebags

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“When mountain children asked where babies came from, they were told, ‘The nurses bring them in saddlebags.” (Frontier Nursing Service) One of the good things about writing historical fiction is that the writer has the opportunity to learn more about the history of our country and can discover some individual real life heroes or heroines. When I was digging around …

“God Will Make a Way”

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“If you feel lonely God is your smile. If you cry God will wipe your tears. If someone breaks your heart God will embrace you. God will make a way into your heart.” (Unknown source) The graphic here shares a bit of a passage out of my new book, These Healing Hills. It fits the theme of the stories some …

“Miracle Girl”

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“You can understand why I’m a believer. I have seen miracles.” ~Ben Carson When I sent out my newsletter with a giveaway celebrating my new book, These Healing Hills and invited readers to share stories about a time in their lives when they felt a special touch from the Lord, I was sure I would receive some amazing stories of …

A Story of God’s Love

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“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.” ~Augustine I sent out a newsletter last week to help celebrate my new book, These Healing Hills.  I nearly always offer a chance for readers to win something in a giveaway in my newsletters. (If you didn’t get the newsletter and would like …

Once in a Lifetime Eclipse

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I’m late with this post. I’ve been late with everything this week since I went off to play last weekend at Cumberland Lake on Sunday and then to watch the eclipse – the total eclipse – at South Union Shaker village on Monday. How could I not go to that opportunity? A total eclipse and a chance to tour the …