Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day is just around the corner….June 16th. If you’d like to give Dad something unique, check out our collection of personalized mementos for father. This is one of the designs: Each plaque is hand finished using premium museum-quality materials – yet they’re modestly priced. Don’t wait too long to order!

Kindness as a Boomerang

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I saw this truism on a sign outside a church in New Hampshire’s White Mountains last week: That’s just about right, isn’t it? Kindness is a wonderful sort of boomerang. You send it out – and it tends to make its way back. The flower you see here is a wild trillium – they’re in … Continued

Flags In

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Yesterday, the “Old Guard” – the 3rd U.S. Infantry (the oldest active-duty infantry regiment in the Army) honored the fallen in Arlington National Cemetery by placing flags at every gravestone. The event, known as “Flags In,” takes place every year in conjunction with Memorial Day. You can take a look at some photos from this … Continued

The Other Foliage Season

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New Hampshire is (rightly) known for its stunning autumn foliage. The colors are vibrantly beautiful and the spectacle of the mountains painted in hues of yellow, orange and red is incomperable. That said, I’m a big fan of “the other” foliage season: springtime. This time of year, it’s green that rules the day…the deep, rich … Continued

Beautiful Gardens

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Whether or not you have gardens of your own…I’ll bet you enjoy looking at and walking among them. It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t. I love this Francis Bacon quote about the One who created the first garden. As gardens everywhere are bursting forth with new growth and color, enjoy!!

Comfort Dogs Head to Oklahoma

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Lutheran Church Charities has a wonderful ministry…the Comfort Dogs. These specially trained golden retrievers are deployed to locations around the country where they provide relief and comfort to people who have been affected by tragedy, as well as those in nursing homes and hospitals. You may have seen the dogs in the news most recently … Continued

Sweet Lilacs

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In northern climates, the month of May is one superlative after another. As the trees leaf out, the canopy becomes adorned in beautiful lime green….the “other” great foliage show! Tulips, rhododendron and azaleas bloom. Flowering ornamental trees are decorated with blossoms. And then – the lilacs! Such a sweet fragrance; who doesn’t love lilacs? Mine … Continued

End of Term Service Appreciation – Still Time to Order!

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In many churches, May and June are a busy time of year as far as service appreciation goes. The end of the school year coincides for many with the end of the volunteer service term. Some folks will be stepping down as they’ve completed their current service, while others will be marking milestone years of … Continued

The Beautiful Garden

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Whether or not you’re the gardener who’s out there tilling, weeding, planting, and caretaking…a walk among the plants is a lovely experience. It’s that time of year! Perennials have popped out of the ground and are beginning to grow, while annuals are being planted. The trees are dressed in beautiful lime green as their new … Continued