Monthly Archives: December 2016

GIFT POSSIBILITIES FROM THE FARMER’S MARKET

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BIRCH LOG BUNDLES

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GREGORY’S SCOTCH SHORTBREAD – it melts in your mouth with buttery goodness.
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ORGANIC HAYBALER SWITCHEL
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Yes, I tasted it. Guaranteed to perk you up if you are dragging

TABLE DECORATION
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EVERGREEN ARRANGEMENT
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WREATH WITH BERRIES
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These finds and many others at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. Your nearby Farmer’s Market no doubt has many such items.

BOOK COMMENT: BIOGRAPHY- DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

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The Plot to Kill Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero
Author: Patricia McCormick
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2016
Juvenile Non-fiction, Middle Grades
Hardcover Edition: 147 pages plus Timeline, Endnotes, and Bibliography
Source: Personal Copy

This fascinating biography of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is not just about a plot to kill Hitler, but tells of Bonhoeffer’s speaking out for Jews and against Hitler at great risk to himself and his family. He is somebody who tried to protect his neighbors when the churches in Germany were silent in the face of Hitler’s policies and atrocities carried out against Jews and others. Polish Jews were shot. Children with birth defects, blind and deaf people were sent into the countryside to be murdered. Polish people were enslaved in work camps. Jewish businesses were destroyed, Jewish homes confiscated, and whole neighborhoods of people taken away.

Bonhoeffer and a few others were voices of resistance in a sea of persons who praised Hitler or kept silent. Bonhoeffer had several chances to be away or stay away from the danger in Germany. He always returned out of loyalty to his country and his God.

The author does a very competent job of making this story understandable for her readers, in spite of the depth of the subject matter. Photos, sidebars and dates are well used to clarify actions and events. In history class when studying the rise of the Nazis, young people often ask, “Why didn’t someone do something?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer did something. He faced a moral dilemma and followed his faith with great courage. As an avowed pacifist and a peaceful resister, he took action to face evil. He said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.”

He was the moral conscience of a small group in his family who used their intelligence and official positions to conspire to overthrow Hitler. McCormick makes clear the individual decisions Bonhoeffer must make as he travels a road of resistance to Hitler who was responsible for war against Europe and for persecution and killing of Jews and others.

It has always seemed impossible to understand how a pastor and theologian could become a spy and plot to kill. McCormick’s biography helps us to understand and tells a compelling story, one everyone needs to know.

SECOND DAY PACK

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Furniture piled up.

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boxes stacked in lower level bedroom

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kitchen wrapped in clear plastic. stove in the garage. refrigerator in the laundry room where it nearly fills up that small room.

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every last book boxed

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main floor living spaces entirely empty.

Next: floor repair and refinish. Probably no pictures until that part of the project is done.

Thanks to my daughter’s family for taking me in for a couple of nights.

HOUSEHOLD HAPPENINGS

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A few weeks ago (about six): perforation of the refrigerator water line = lots of water in kitchen and cascading into the lower level, mostly Jerry’s office.

The restoration company brought in huge drying machines.

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Now repairs are about to begin.

Day 1 of packing everything in kitchen and living area of main floor and eventually all the contents of Jerry’s office and the main living area downstairs.

Pictures of Day I of the Pack Out.

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More packing tomorrow. We have too much stuff!

IT’S A GOOD NIGHT FOR MAX THE CAT: BOOK COMMENT

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Max At Night
Author: Ed Vere
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (2015)
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/picture book
Hardcover
Source: Personal Copy

If you have young children or grandchildren who are fond of cats, this fun picture book may catch your eye. And––it is all about bedtime routines, always an appropriate subject. As Max goes through his goodnights he discovers, he cannot find the moon. With humorous good thinking, he climbs higher hoping to discover the whereabouts of the moon.

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Simple and delightful illustrations lead readers in a search for the moon. And finally the moon and Max have a conversation. Max has clambered, climbed and crept, all while very sleepy.

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What a delightful book for the 2-3-4 year-old. This grandma certainly smiled as she was reading. Just plain fun, but quiet fun.

This is my first Max book, but there are others. You can learn more at edvere.com

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