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Modoc : the true story of the greatest elephant that ever lived

Posted May 29, 2015

Even if you're not an animal lover, this one has that gotcha factor: after all, who could resist  the pathos of Disney's Dumbo? And this is the story behind that very Disney tale, without all the candyfloss.  The story follows Modoc as a ba…

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Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story

Posted December 2, 2014

This is my new favorite Christmas story.  It's a short children's picture book packed with such a wallop you can't help but choke up at its surprise ending.

Frankie is a poor boy in the Appalachians back in the 1940's who benefits every year fr…

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Street cat named bob : and how he saved my life.

Posted October 4, 2013

"There's an old adage I read somewhere. It says each of us is given second chances every day of our lives; it's just that we don't usually take them." This is the opening line of a remarkable true story of a London busker or street musician, how …

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It seemed like a good idea at the time : my adventures in life and food

Posted September 4, 2013

Who would want to read about someone who lived all over the world, dined in some of the fanciest restaurants and hobnobbed with the high society of another era? I would! Once in a while you just need a little escapism in your life.

Food critic Moira…

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The Plum Tree.

Posted May 31, 2013

Every once in a while a book comes along that is so remarkable and has such a great story to it, that you just want to shout it out to everyone. The Plum Tree is just such a book. The novel traces a young girl and her family living through the ten…

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Travel NarrativesPosted May 11, 2009