Archive for History

  • The Story of Silent Night The Story of Silent Night

    By Mary Schricker Gemberling One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was singing Silent Night in the candlelight service on Christmas Eve at our neighborhood church. When my children were growing up, we continued the practice in our small church in Blue Grass, Iowa. Several decades later, ...

  • Out of Gas Out of Gas

    By John & Joan Maxwell Cinnamon Ridge Farms “You ran out of gas?!?!” My distant cousin Margo gaped at me in bewilderment. I had been hauling a load of hay from our farm near Princeton to the home dairy near Walcott when, without warning, our 1958 Chevrolet Apache sputtered to a halt. In t...

  • Just Saying... Just Saying…

    By Q.C. Jones A Christmas Quest Christmas comes steeped in, dripping in and richly coated with tradition. I have such fond memories of my mother’s Christmas dinner of Beef Wellington, my paternal grandmother’s famous cherry pie, and the oyster dressing my other grandma turned out each year. ...

  • December Gemstones December Gemstones

    By Eloise Graham The birthstones for December have changed from the ruby red gemstone and red/green/rust colored bloodstone (definitely Christmas colors) to the clear blue tones of blue zirconium and tanzanite and the grey veined turquoise (the colors of December skies). The ruby and bloodstone w...

  • Max’s Musings Max’s Musings

    By Max Molleston Over our lives we learn of famous couples. I think of Anthony and Cleopatra, Bonnie and Clyde, and the Brownings. Lovers Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, courting by letters of literature and life. Elizabeth Barrett married her admiring poet Robert Browning. Their history and...

  • The Red Flower The Red Flower

    By Mary Schricker Gemberling My earliest memory of Armistice Day came before I could barely pronounce the word. My dad would bring home two small red flowers made of crepe paper to give to my sister and me. He pinned the flowers on our collar and told us to wear them to honor the soldiers who had f...

  • Veterans Day The 11th Hour, the 11th Day of the 11th Month... Veterans Day The 11th Hour, the 11th Day of the 11th Month…

    [caption id="attachment_11065" align="alignright" width="200"] The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is a monument dedicated to deceased U.S. service members[/caption] On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Armistice with Germany went in...

  • The Birthstone of November The Birthstone of November

    By Eloise Graham Topaz - the beautiful birthstone. I always thought of topaz as the yellowish/brownish clear gem, amber and rust tones come to mind. I considered the topaz a beautiful fall colored stone. Then about 15 years ago I saw a huge, multifaceted cut stone of a deep aquamarine shade. Some...