Christmases Past, The Hidden Song

Return to your favorite time of year—Christmas—through fiction.  In Christmases Past, seven authors conjure up engaging tales sure to put you in front of the fireplace with hot tea or cocoa.  I am one of those authors. The other writers are Andrea Merrell, Doris Gaines Rapp, Patti J. Smith, Sue Badeau, James J. Griffin, and compiler Anne Baxter Campbell. Each ...

Jody Hedlund with Luther and Katharina

Jody Hedlund weaves a historical tale of the champion of Christianity, Martin Luther and his unlikely love, the former nun Katharina von Bora. A tender look at one person who changed the religious world and another who kept the movement ablaze by her support. Luther and Katharina. The Setting and Time The life and times of Martin Luther were turbulent. Hedlund's account ...

Antiques in Occaquan and Peony Lane

Antiques and vintage are plentiful at Peony Lane (video). Occaquan, Virginia, boasts numerous art centers and specialty shops; however, Peony Lane stands out because of the treasure trove and the proprietor Barbara Brookover. Come along and see Peony Lane through my eyes when I visited. Peony Lane in Occaquan Barb greets us enthusiastically from her unique desk or from ...

Occoquan, Step Back in Time

Occoquan, Virginia, is a step back in time. A little village of over 900 folk with one aim in mind—the visitor will be at home, find a steal-of-a-deal, and glory in a fine meal. The town was established in 1804 and incorporated in 1874. Although impacted by major fires in 1916 and 1924, the town has reemerged with vigor. Feeling ...

Gumbo, Fall Food to Enjoy

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Gumbo . . . The word draws grins and contented looks from our boys every time. Their dad's gumbo is by far a good, if not great, representation of all things good in the fall. What is gumbo? Gumbo is an aromatic stew or soup hailing from southern Louisiana back in the 18th century or so I'm told ...