We All Have Reasons to Be Thankful

A housewife in 1930 writes: “Thanksgiving Day approaches again, but how can we be thankful in our community where hail and drouth and other ills of agriculture have given us a lean year and empty purses. I am not irreverent when I say that it is not easy for me to lift my voice in…

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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:…

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Finding Time to Read (1927)

I love this encouraging story….it IS possible to fit moments of rest and relaxation in throughout the day. In the case of this mother, reading was her refreshment of choice. I get time to read just about like a smoker gets time to light his pipe. I guess I just do it and it is…

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