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Experiencing Scotland

In late January of this year, I embarked on my biggest journey yet: studying abroad for a semester in Scotland. After months and months of planning, filling out paperwork, and making sure every little detail was taken care of, I was more than ready to hop on a plane and see my new home for

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The Beauty of the Earth

As I reflect upon the earth, I think of all the amazing photographs from space. What spectacular sights the astronauts have seen. From John Glenn first orbiting the earth; Neil Armstrong, landing on the moon with the famous quote, “One small step for man, One giant leap for mankind.” and Scott Kelly orbiting the earth for a

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Blessings for Pets (and other Creatures)

“O Supreme Spirit of Creation, from Your sacred breath came forth birds and beasts, fish and fowl, creatures of such variety and beauty that we are continuously amazed at Your divine imagination. These children of Yours have been blessed by You, their Creator, with simplicity, beauty and a cosmic purpose. They have been blessed as

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Ethical Dreams for the Family!

A More Personal Side to Estate Planning Estate planning is a topic that conjures thoughts of spacious estates, jewelry, taxes and other financial matters. Yet, estate planning is really about our loved ones and providing for them in the event of our death or disability. When viewed in that light it is truly an act

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Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy is something that I always identify with summer and the beach. My dad’s family lives around the Philadelphia area so we would go to Ocean City, New Jersey for a week in the summer. The boardwalk has stores selling salt water taffy about every ten feet. The boardwalks in New Jersey were

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Blessings for Pets (and other Creatures)

“O Supreme Spirit of Creation, from Your sacred breath came forth birds and beasts, fish and fowl, creatures of such variety and beauty that we are continuously amazed at Your divine imagination. These children of Yours have been blessed by You, their Creator, with simplicity, beauty and a cosmic purpose. They have been blessed as

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Strawberry-Orange Shortcake Tart

Amazingly easy and a great summer treat! Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup plain yellow cornmeal 2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2/3 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon orange marmalade 16 ounces fresh strawberries, cut in half 1/2 cup

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Family, Friends, Fireworks, Flags

“Celebrate God all day, every day.”  Philippians 4:4 (The Message) July 4th is one of my very favorite holidays.  I like everything about the day…decorating with red/white/blue, having a picnic with family and friends, fireworks, flags fluttering in the summer breeze, parades, and celebrating the birthday of this wonderful country.  I am especially fond of

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White Barbeque Sauce

This is a great sauce that works with pork, chicken, sausage and burgers. It is also incredibly easy to make and will last a while in the fridge so you can have it all summer. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon coarsly ground pepper 1

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Enduring love

June; the month for weddings. Time for the couple to express their enduring love to each other with family and friends sharing in this special day. In 1Corinthians 13:4-7,13:(Revised Standard Version) love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is