The Texas Deep Freeze of 2021

In response to the Texas Deep Freeze last week, I decided to reflect on our experience with the latest unprecedented event. I’m ready to retire the word “unprecedented.” Unprecedented events appear to be the new normal what with the 2017 Hurricane Harvey, the 2020/21 COVID-19 pandemic, and now the Texas Deep Freeze of 2021. As I sat in the cold, huddled under blankets, reading by flashlight, I kept thinking about the Mayflower passengers I’ve written […]

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Edward and Elizabeth Winslow – Mayflower Survivors

Edward and Elizabeth Winslow, two of the eighteen couples aboard the 1620 Mayflower voyage, most likely met in Leiden, in the Netherlands. A few hundred English Separatists lived in exile there before a small group of them crossed the Atlantic to establish a new English colony. They grew up in a tumultuous time in England’s history and left England for Holland as young adults. They married in Leiden in 1618. Elizabeth, acting on her own […]

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Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins – Mayflower Survivors

The Stephen Hopkins Family traveled to Plymouth, MA on the Mayflower in 1620. Stephen and Elizabeth are one of the more famous and fascinating pair among the eighteen couples on board. Stephen traveled with his second wife, Elizabeth Fisher Hopkins, and three children. Elizabeth was pregnant with a fourth child when they boarded the ship. This was Stephen’s second cross-Atlantic voyage; all the more impressive considering he was shipwrecked for ten months on his first trip. […]

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William and Dorothy Bradford – Mayflower Voyagers

William and Dorothy Bradford were among the eighteen couples on the famous 1620 Mayflower voyage from England to New England. History has preserved a great deal of information about this Separatist couple since Dorothy’s husband, father, and grandfather were all involved in various religious movements that made the history books. These groups  objected to the practices and doctrines of the Established Church of England in the 1500 and 1600s. That history, combined with the Dorothy’s […]

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Beth Splaine – Devil’s Grace

Devil’s Grace: Inspired by the Light…and two real-life medical errors According to a 2012 study completed at Johns Hopkins, over 250,000 people die each year from medical error. Since then, that figure has been hotly debated for many reasons. Most prominent is the question: How is medical error defined? Is it an adverse, avoidable event that leads to death? A procedure that should have been done, but wasn’t? If an adverse event occurs but the […]

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