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Early Years

Early Years

My mom and I moved several times during WW II while Dad was in the Army. He’d already served three years in the 30s, but Uncle Sam drafted him soon after I was born in the early 40s. In order to be near him, we moved to Albany, Oregon because he was stationed at Camp Adair with the 70th Division. He trained troops there for the south Pacific. Our next move was to Fort Leonard Wood, near Waynesville, Missouri. After a…

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Today’s Bitterness

Today’s Bitterness

The Spirit of Marah (Bitterness) On the third day when the Israelites journeyed back to Israel after their Exodus from Egypt, they found themselves at Marah, thirsty and out of water. There was a well there, but it was bitter. The Biblical account tells us in Exodus 15:23 (NASV): “When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah.” So we learn that Marah means bitter in Hebrew….

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Chicken Rollups

Chicken Rollups

Here’s a yummy way to dress up chicken breasts. Soak chicken breasts in white cooking wine a couple of hours. With a kitchen hammer flatten the breasts. Lay a couple of pieces of deli ham on the flattened meat. Add a slice of cheese or sprinkle grated cheese on top. Roll the chicken up like a cigar and place in a greased casserole. Pour a can of tomatoes or tomato puree over the top. Cover and bake for an hour….

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Four Generations that Built America

Four Generations that Built America

This picture contains three of the people I’ve written about in my historical fiction books. On the left is Sanford Deering the main character of The Late Sooner who went into the Oklahoma Territory in the first land run in 1889. The lady is Nora, The Late Sooner’s Daughter, who came back to Missouri when she was nine. The child is my father, Henry, of Hard Times in the Heartland who served in WW II. The old gentleman on the right is Henry Greenup…

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The Deeper Meaning of the Word “Hell”

The Deeper Meaning of the Word “Hell”

A friend nudged me in Bible study the other day and pointed to her I-pad. She’d followed a rabbit trail and came up with a surprise. In Matthew 10:28 it says, “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” She looked up “hell” in this passage at BlueLetterBible.org and was surprised to find the original Greek word…

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Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

These are yummy on a cold winter day. They reheat well too. Cabbage rolls 2/3 cup water 1/3 cup uncooked white rice 8 cabbage leaves 1 pound lean ground beef 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup Directions In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Bring a large, wide saucepan…

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Carryin’ the Mail

Carryin’ the Mail

In 1908 my grandfather, George Freeman, became the U.S. rural mail carrier for the Rural Free Delivery (RFD) for Walker, Missouri. He used his own mules and wagon in his service. During winter in deep snow, it sometimes took him four days to make the circuit of his route. When he came to the end of the day, he stayed the night with a family on the route before he started out again in the morning. George was born in…

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Praying for our Leaders

Praying for our Leaders

God has told us to pray for those in authority. Since we have some new authorities over us, it might be a good idea to pray for them. There is a little-known scripture that appears in 1 Chronicles 12:32 that seems a little out of place here in a list of genealogy. It reads: “And of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do . . .” Since wisdom comes from the…

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Cheddar’s Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Cheddar’s Broccoli Cheese Casserole

If you have a Cheddar’s Restaurant in your area you might already be hooked on this stuff. This is a real favorite at our place. Real comfort food for winter days. Broccoli Cheese Casserole 350 degrees Grease 9 x 13 pan 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup ½ C. Mayo ½ C. Sour Cream ½ C. onion chopped 1 beaten egg Add into the first ingredients: Add 2 lb broccoli-fresh 3 oz sharp cheddar cheese Salt Pepper Paprika Cover…

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Early Beginnings

Early Beginnings

A hundred and sixteen years ago, little boys wore dresses until they were about two years old. Here is a picture of my dad, Henry, at six months. In his lifetime he lived through WW I, the Roaring 20s, The Depression, WW II, the Korean War and The Vietnam War. At age ten, a crop-duster pilot flew into a nearby field near my dad’s small town and said he would take one person for a ride. Everyone chipped in to…

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