Think Global, Shop Local At Bean’s Café

Celia Moore, the owner of Beans Café, one of my favorite places to hang out to write, was featured in a front cover story in our local Energy Corridor Living magazine. I wrote Celia Moore to congratulate her and inquire about writing a blog about her as part of my blog’s overall purpose to promote people, programs and programs that do something useful for society. In response, she sent me her thoughts about the future […]

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disaster response

Hope Abounds in Disaster Zones

Hope abounds in disaster zones. You have to look beyond the mountains of rubble, but it’s been there in abundance in very disaster zone I’ve been in. Many times I’ve seen people give generously and make enormous sacrifices to render help after a natural disaster. We still have people helping in Houston where Harvey hit two years ago. Volunteers are at work hard in Puerto Rico where Maria hit only weeks later. People are now […]

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C.M.T. Ross

Childhood – Circa 1900

This blog is courtesy of a special guest blogger – my Grandmother Corna Mae Trout Ross. She died many years ago. However, when she was in her 80s, she filled 43 pages in a spiral notebook about what her childhood and young adult life were like in Southern Ohio at the turn of the twentieth century. Today’s blog contains excerpts her journal that I recently re-discovered while sorting through boxes of old family photos and […]

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Labor Day 1620

Labor Day in 1620

Since last Monday was our annual Labor Day holiday, this seems a good time to reflect on some of the the labor arrangements in the earliest days of what became the United States. Less than half, only 41 of the 102 passengers on the famous 1620 Mayflower voyage, were seeking a place to establish their own first-century style Christian community. These Separatist religious rebels had a vision and a plan, but lacked the funding to sail […]

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Mayflower Chronicles - The Tale of Two Cultures

Mayflower Chronicles – The Tale of Two Cultures

This month I signed a contract with Green Writers Press in Vermont to publish a book that has taken seven years, three trips to Europe, and multiple trips to New England to write. Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures is a historical fiction account of the very real men, women, children, crew, and two dogs that sailed from Plymouth, England to what became Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. It is also the story of the Natives […]

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