Praying and Playing in the Great Depression

This little story was first published in 1931, at the start of America’s Great Depression. As difficult as that time was, Grandmother felt that the 1870s was the “harder” time. Hard times aren’t unprecedented and for us in 2020 with our many concerns about the future, advice from past generations is always encouraging. From Grandmother: …

A “Dear Old Lady” and her Surprise Flower Shower–a Sweet Story from 1910

It doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to make someone else’s day a little brighter…here’s a little story to inspire you as you take care of others. (Even 110 years later, a flower shower is still a fantastic idea, if you ask me!) She was a dear old lady and she lived alone …

Simple Ways to Live Out-of-doors (1906)

These recommendations for taking advantage of the outdoors were written in 1906, when people still traveled in open horse-drawn carriages, used outhouses, hung laundry outside, and had minimal conveniences. If they needed encouragement to be outside, how much more do we need the outdoors with our self-contained homes and unlimited technology distractions? Live out-of-doors as …