Focussed by Lilias Trotter

It was in a little wood in early morning. The sun was climbing behind a steep cliff in the east, and its light was flooding nearer and nearer and then making pools among the trees. Suddenly, from a dark corner of purple brown stems and tawny moss there shone out a great golden star. It was just a dandelion, and half withered – but it was full face to the sun, and had caught into its heart all the glory it could hold, and was shining so radiantly that the dew that lay on it still made a perfect aureole

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A Stress-Free Christmas, Anyone? (Part 2)

I love Christmas. But when I was a child, we didn’t celebrate it. It’s a long story…. But secretly, my family would wish we were celebrating Christmas like other families. When I learned about the true meaning of Christmas, that is, when I realized that the pagan past may be redeemed when Christians make Jesus the reason for the celebrations, out went the old, and in went guilt-free celebrations. How liberating that was! Your Own Style Advent I’m so excited for this year because we are starting an advent tradition! But first, let me tell you how the house looks

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A Stress-Free Christmas, Anyone? (Part 1)

It’s that time of the year again and aren’t we glad that last year’s lessons in planning activities for the family and our friends have made us wiser? Remember when the cake flopped, or some family couldn’t make it, the song number was flat or the cards arrived too late —but YOUR FAMILY HAD A GOOD TIME NONETHELESS? I guess no Christmas celebration is ever perfect, plan or no plan, but we can be grateful for every thing we can do to celebrate Jesus. Yes, it’s Jesus! Planning to Have Fun no Matter What! But I am biased towards having

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