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Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
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Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
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This one was very contrived, not her best work.
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Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
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I realize this one was a later edition, but it reads pretty well and I liked it better than Anne of the Island. Real characters abound in this one, a nice contrast from the Redmond set.
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Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
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This one is all middle with some fun anecdotes. This is also the one where marriages and engagements rule the day.
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Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
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More Anne. I love Anne. Davy Keith cracks me up too. The movie in my head is better than the film version.
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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
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A real favorite. There is nothing WRONG with these books, and they are blissfully entertaining.
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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2014
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This is historical fiction based on some remarkable, though not well-known, sisters who were part of abolition and women's history in the United States. It's historically pretty good, and a worthy read. I would recommend this book.
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A Big Heart Open to God by Pope Francis
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Heretics and Heroes by Thomas Cahill
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Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall
read in February, 2014
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This was a pretty good book, and gives something to think about on the issues of dignity, homelessness, love, compassion, and faith. It's not the best I've read, but I'm not sorry I read it.
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Maya Angelou
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

J.R.R. Tolkien
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Stephenie Meyer
“He's like a drug for you, Bella.”
Stephenie Meyer, Eclipse

Jim Henson
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”
Jim Henson

Personal Narrative Essays (Nonfiction)
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Description: Personal narrative essays written by me at various times in my life about various events. I am nothing if not an introspective persons...
Providence and Perspective (Religion & Spirituality)
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Description: An essay written to a friend at church on the concept of "providence." The recipient of this letter is not clear -- possibly a friend, possibly one of the pastors? Clearly a friend at church though, as she would understand the YA LDG is a reference to my adult Sunday School class. What is very interesting is that this was written on the day I stood before Session to become a member of my present church congregation. Perhaps this was written for me alone and never sent at all??? Perhaps this was written later in the evening AFTER I stood before Session??? I do not remember which.
Where have all the Christians gone -- the 20-something falloff (Religion & Spirituality)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2012 08:26AM
Description: This was an essay written to a friend at church to synthesize my beliefs on WHY people in my age range are "missing" in most church congregations. I show that it was orignally drafted 20 September 2006, with this version saved (finalized) on 23 September 2006.
Collected Poems (Poetry)
2 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2012 08:24AM
Description: Collected poems (in no particular order) written in various moments of my life
Drawer of "Odds-and-Ends" (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2012 08:21AM
Description: Various pieces that somehow stand alone, but seem part of an unmaterialized larger work...the odds-and-ends
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