Podcast #18: Vintage Book Treasure Hunt

I came into possession of a vintage book titled, Day After Day: A Manual of Devotions for Individual and Family Use, compiled by 19th and early 20th century evangelist John Wilbur Chapman. It was published in 1919, at the end of the first World War. One of the first places I go when treasure hunting in a vintage or antique book, is inside, opening … [Read more...]

Episode #16: Discover the Handmaiden of History

Centuries of storytelling proves literature is indeed the “handmaiden of history.” Literature created in each age of man both records and mirrors the heart of man in that era, illustrating the character of a generation. The reading of quality literary works from our rich Western heritage assists and broadens the understanding of our story in … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 13: Vintage New Year Conversations

Just when you think January is lingering far too long due to crippling cold days and traffic snarling snowstorms, spring is sprung, summer warms to distraction, and autumn leaves fall, speeding us headlong into, yet, another new year and the prospects of January 1st once again. [Tweet "Why does it seem the year flits by in the blink of an … [Read more...]

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Storytime

CLICK to Listen to From Leyden to Liberty as a family this Thanksgiving Day!   Blessings be yours! PLEASE NOTE: I'm taking a blogging break til January--except for a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TEA post coming up in December to wish you all well in your celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. Exciting things coming here, from The … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 11: Salt on the Table

Sandwiched between my continuing series Psalms for the Nation, is my monthly podcast. I've been putting feet to my intercessory prayer for the healing and restoration of our nation, and its deliverance from the enemy's corruption in the very highest places of our government.  There's no pretending this isn't happening to us. It is. And has been so … [Read more...]

Psalm 10 for the Nation: A Call to Prayer

America is counting down to the most historical election since the first Continental Congress voted to declare their independence from the tyrannical overreach of the English government on July 4, 1776. At that time, thirteen colonies and less than 60 individuals cast their vote. This year, multiple millions of Americans in 50 states will do … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 10: Election Year Message

What a whirlwind season we are living through on God's historical timeline! Are you feeling short of breath, void of peace, perplexed in mind, and weary in spirit? Welcome to Election 2016. But, more to the point--welcome to my Election Year Message via podcast: Come Down to Earth and Be Still.  This month I've re-booted an essay I wrote almost … [Read more...]

3 Wise Words for Wimpy Days When Things Get Too Hot

A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, "OCCUPY till I come." But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, "We will not have this man to reign over us." Luke 19:12-14 Smh! End of that … [Read more...]

Drama Takes Center-Stage, Once Again

Playwriting has been my forte since childhood when, as a stage-struck little girl, everything became story and performance. Plays, puppet shows with my toys, mimicking cartoons and T.V. shows (in the family friendly early 1960's when it was safe) and more. Once I learned to read and write I voraciously recorded my stories with pen and college ruled … [Read more...]

Rant on the Red, White, and Blue

Have you seen the news? I am appalled--but not surprised. Mostly, my heart is breaking. Allow me the luxury of a rant . . . I wrote the following post a week before the tragedy and failure of our nation's elite leadership, on July 5th. On that day these "elected" individuals publicly exposed what reasonable, God-fearing, right-thinking people have … [Read more...]

Patriots, Petticoats, and Providential History

PROVIDEN'TIAL, adjective Effected by the providence of God; referable to divine providence; proceeding from divine direction or superintendence; as the providential contrivance of things; a providential escape from danger. How much are we indebted to God's unceasing providential care! Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the English Language I … [Read more...]

Renewed by the Bay Shore ~ Remembering a Friend

I haven't been to the marshes for a couple of years. Not since the loss of our dear friend, David Lord. We shared many delights in books and reading together. He was a gifted naturalist who often took us bird watching in the marshland by the Delaware Bay. He loved the glories of God in Creation housed in the famous Pinelands of Southern New … [Read more...]

Vintage Hats: The Fashions of a Woman’s Heart

May and June come each year with a whirl of activity - not the least of which being the season for Mother/Daughter Banquets. That means speaking engagements for me where I'm invited to share memorable thoughts about beauty and womanhood.  So, I had to "bring out the girls." That's what I call my vintage hat collection.  My parade of lovely … [Read more...]

How to Make a Cameo Impression

Some things never change. Like my own love of old things and the stories they tell. Pictures from my childhood record my efforts to make my 1960's attire look Victorian. I wanted to look like the Gibson Girl of the 1890's, though I didn't have the hair for it. I was fascinated by sketches of fashion and beauty in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, … [Read more...]

Podcast #4: Holy Moments in No Man’s Land

"And suddenly in two tongues one song filled the night sky." Christmas in the Trenches, by John McCutcheon At Christmastime, my husband Ed grows out his whiskers, and you might find us in bookstores or eldercare facilities as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It is pure joy to hold court with little ones, like this cutie at Barnes & Noble @ Rowan … [Read more...]

When Bells Ring Wild and Sweet

I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play And wild and sweet Their words repeat Of peace on earth Good will towards men                    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Bells.  Historically, bells have been used to draw attention to a moment. Bells marking time. The hour of the day or night. From clock … [Read more...]

A Thankful Heart: Thanksgiving Part 5

Greetings to thee, with a joyful heart!  ‘Tis the harvest, indeed, this Autumn on Plimoth Plantation, and we Pilgrims are preparing for a great feast of Thanksgiving!  From the persecutions of our brethern in England and the hand of God to deliver us onto this prepared land in America, through the storms and trials of our arrival last year in … [Read more...]

Lifestyles of Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving Part 4

‘Tis I, Mistress Kate, once again to make known to ye the episodes both perilous and marvelous that befell us Pilgrims, called forth by God from our Old Country of England to the shores of America where, ’tis here we hope to build a colony to the glory of God. We have disembarked our Mayflower vessel which brought us hence from across the sea.  … [Read more...]

Mayflower Memoirs: Thanksgiving Part 3

Greetings fellow Pilgrims – travelers all are we through many a season from the Good Lord’s hands.  In want and plenty, famine and feast, season passes to season – each fulfilling His Story in the earth! And, we still praise Jehovah for our God is good! Mistress Kate with you, once again, to pick up my tale ‘ere I left off at the port of … [Read more...]

In an Indian Village: Thanksgiving Part 2

Note:  Mistress Kate is a bit busy at the moment, packing for the sea voyage of a lifetime!  So, we shall pause from her narrative and take a look at what was happening in a quiet Indian village across the sea . . . Did you ever wonder what was on the land where your house stands  – before your house stood there?  Or what people may have … [Read more...]

And So It Begins: Thanksgiving Part 1

Greetings all!  ‘Tis Thanksgiving Day come upon us in just a week and I’ve much to share with ye in story and song about the goodness of our God.  ‘Tis to Him alone we give thanks - for the great things He has done! I am called Mistress Kate. I live with the fellowship of Pilgrims come to this new world from England across the sea.  ‘Tis a tale … [Read more...]

Podcast #3: From Leyden to Liberty–The Thanksgiving Tale

For many years I had the privilege of studying closely, then writing, directing, and producing scores of students in Christian and home school venues, dramatizing the actual events of the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving of 1621. Though settlers in Virginia had already set aside a day to give thanks in 1619, it is the dramatic tale of the pilgrims … [Read more...]

Podcast #2: When the Pageant Wagon Comes to Town

Once upon a time, after the libraries were burned and the villages sacked, and a great darkness covered Western Europe, the Pageant Wagons rolled into town. And then, there was light. True story. It's a slice of history not many people know about anymore—and certainly not taught in contemporary classrooms. However, it’s true. It happened. … [Read more...]

Teacup Exchange Reveal: A Welcome Respite

I overbooked October. Entirely my own fault. Perhaps I confused October with octopus--thinking I had eight arms enough to accomplish all I've set for myself to do this month. Writing and project deadlines are looming--but I am welcoming a couple of happy respites this week: Tea and vintage breaks for a weary writer. This past Saturday, Ed and I … [Read more...]

Building on the Ruins

I'm working on a new e-book devotional based on some of my poetic works. I posted the abridged version on Enthusiastically Dawn's Random Journal Day last week which moved me to consider turning the long version into a format for personal devotions and journaling.  But, as I'm beginning the edit and additions, I believe this will eventually become … [Read more...]