Shade and Sweet Baby Ray’s

I never understood why people carried umbrellas on sunny days until I moved to the South. They used to be called parasols and were quite the fashion statement. Made of cloth and edged with ruffles, parasols served a purpose beyond style. They protected a woman’s skin from the damaging effects of the sun and kept her…

A Legacy of Prayer

Legacy: something received from the past; something given to the future. Legacies can enrich you monetarily or inspire you spiritually. They can bring you dishonor and disgrace, or they can motivate you, and give you vision and purpose. The motto of Throne of Grace, a homespun company that brings both inspiration and hope from its…

“SANTA CLAUS” LETTERS

On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun published what was to become the most widely read letter to a newspaper. It was sent by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who lived with her parents in Manhattan. Below is the full text of that letter. Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends…

LOVE LETTERS & UN-LOVE LETTERS

This is the second in a six-post series on letter writing, inspired by an article in the Orange County Register’s Parade magazine (March 15, 2015), titled Letters That Changed Our World by Liz Welch. Love letters…. what gal (and maybe guy) doesn’t sigh when thinking of (or re-reading) love letters they’ve received?  These tender missives are usually…