Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beautiful bracelet and When the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard TUESDAY ONLY



It's another party day! Today in celebration of Kathy's debut novella, Bachelor Buttons, I am giving away a beautiful bracelet and a copy of When the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard. Read below for more information. 


Kathleen L. Maher is a historical romance writer, represented by Terry Burns of Hartline literary Agency. Her Civil War novel took first place in the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest. She lives in upstate New York with her soul mate and their three children, plus two Newfoundland dogs.

 Kathy will be on Giovanni's radio show on Today at 10:00 A.M. Be sure to tune in and listen!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2013/04/30/kathleen-maher-cry-of-freedom-v3-bachelor-buttons



The Battle of New York City: Draft Riots of 1863

Days after the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg during the Civil War, Manhattan exploded in three days of mob violence. Dozens of fires burned businesses, homes, and even an orphanage as thousands of outraged people took to the streets, and at the end of the week of July 13-16, over a hundred people had been killed. Who were these rioters and why were they so outraged that they were pushed to such behavior?
A broad overview of Manhattan and where the attacks were.
    After heavy casualties in the two years of war had depleted his volunteer army, President Lincoln signed a Conscription Act into law. Every able bodied man aged 20-45 was registered for compulsory service, and draft lotteries would be drawn in every town and city beginning in mid-July. Most communities complied, but the immigrants in New York City, particularly those of Irish descent felt especially affronted.  They felt targeted by the policy that would allow the wealthy to buy their way out of the draft with a $300 commutation fee, while they, newly emigrated, would have to serve in their place. Furthermore, the draft exempted freedmen—their chief competition for unskilled laboring jobs—because the freedmen were not yet considered citizens. Outraged over this latest overreach from an oppressive administration, the Irish and others rallied and protested at the draft office.
    The protests quickly escalated into mayhem—telegraph wires were cut, streetcars were stopped, torches and drunken revelry spread uptown and from the East River to the Hudson until several buildings blazed—not only the Provost Marshall’s office where the draft was being conducted, but in the hours and days to come, Brooks Brothers’ Clothiers, The New York Tribune and dozens of others until the city was under siege.
Brooks Brothers being looted
    Besides looting and destruction of Republican businesses and homes, freed blacks were the chief target of their violence. Sadly, the viciousness seemed to know no bounds, and a black orphanage was set fire. Due to the bravery of another Irishman, Chief Engineer Decker who fought the fire for hours, the fire would have spread rapidly and the children may not have been evacuated on time. Another Irishman, Paddy M’Caffrey with four drivers of the Forty-second Street Line, escorted the children to safety despite the thousands of angry mobsters converging on them. Throughout the city deadly struggles ensued, and a dozen black men where lynched by drunken rioters.  In perhaps the most moving story of the riots, a black drug store owner was about to be torched out of his business when from all around, Irish neighbors emerged and drove off the mobs to defend him and his livelihood. The consensus was that he had helped many of them when their children were sick, extending them credit for medicine. They repaid his kindness with saving his life.
    I find this chapter of history fascinating not just because I write about New York State and love the Civil war, but also because it shows the extremes in human nature. The evil deeds reflect man’s ineffective attempts to procure justice apart form God, while the heroic deeds prove that not all Irish were bad. Irish Catholic Archbishop Hughs called for an end to the violence, and it did end when troops from Gettysburg were brought up to restore order. My novella Bachelor Buttons is a snapshot of this time and setting, depicting a young lady torn between two suitors when the war imposes on their daily lives.

Today I'm are giving away a signed copy of Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard and a beautiful bracelet. The draft riots were a time in history where people who lived it never forgot it. Leave a comment and tell us what piece of history happened in your lifetime that left such an impression that you will never forget the day
Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a feedburner follower to get an extra entry

GRAND PRIZE

GRAND PRIZE: Trader Joe's bag filled with goodies. Tea cup with strainer, tea bags, loose tea, coffee, cake candle, decorative candle large Better Homes and Garden Candle, 2 pads of paper, pen, Family Guardian by Laurie Alice Eakes, and a pink necklace and earrings from Dressbarn! Everyday you leave a comment gives you one entry. A possible total of 7 entries! Grand prize drawn May 6th. AND a pdf copy of Bachelor Buttons!


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69 comments:

  1. What a great question, Debbie Lynne. I have snapshots of various events in my mind, like the Oklahoma City bombing, the day both Princess Diana and Mother Theresa died, the bicentennial of 1776, the crazy elections when George W. Bush narrowly beat Gore and Kerry, but none of them compare to 9/11. That day is burned into my retinas and heart. It's hard to believe to this day.
    Thank you for having me on the blog again today. The bracelet is so pretty! And Linore's book is wonderful. Someone's going to love them.

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    1. Good Morning! When I asked that questions, I did think that most would say 9/11. Maybe I should have asked the first 2. 9/11 was burned in my mind, as you know even more so because of where we were and being separated from our children. And like you I remember many of those that you mentioned. But one thing that I know left a lasting impression on me because I still remember it and I was only 3 was the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was a sad time for our nation. I remember sitting in front of the TV and watching the horses pull his casket. Okay I just gave away my age. ;o)

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  2. LOvely blog post, Kathleen! My heart and mind dwells on the WWII era. So many men left their sweethearts behind, so many died, and the women who flocked to the factories. It's a special period of time I like to study and write about.

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    1. hi, Caroline. I agree, WWII is very romantic. My aunt was one of those girls who wrote letters to soldiers and danced at the USO. Love the music of the era.
      Thank you for visiting. Good luck!

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    2. I remember looking at books of my grandfather's of WWII. The memory is forever with me.

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  3. One indelible impression of history from my childhood is the day JFK was assassinated. I was only in 3rd or 4th grade but I remember being sent home early. Another day I will never forget is the last day Jimmy Carter was in office and they waited until the next president was sworn in before they announced the Iranian hostages were free. I felt so bad for President Carter that I remember that moment to this day.

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    1. wow, I vaguely remember that hostage crisis. Good one, Connie. And I wasn't born yet when Kennedy was assassinated, but it left a big impression on my mom, an Irish Catholic who truly loved Camelot and the whole romance and import of the times. She has told me many times where she was and what she was doing when news came of the tragedy.
      Thank you for sharing your memories, and best of luck on the giveaways

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    2. Hey Connie,

      I was only 3 when JFK was killed but I still remember those days. I also remember watching his funeral procession on the TV. President Reagan was the one who was sworn in when the hostages were released. I remember that day also.

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  4. The day that Space Shuttle CHALLENGER exploded live on national television. It was regarded as such a privilege to be able to see the crew prepare to board one of those magnificent shuttles and then watch it launch. It always brought tears to my eyes because it was such a wondrous thing but seeing the Challenger explode was mind numbing. Then realizing that all those precious school children were watching their teacher...I'll never forget it. I hugged my babies close and just balled.

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    1. Anne, that is powerful. Mind numbing is a good description. These memories unite us.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Good luck!

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    2. Connie, I did too! I had a 6 week old baby and all I could do was cry. I can remember the news men being shocked and not knowing what to say as we watched those brave men and women die in an instant.

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  5. The biggest has to be Sept 11 attacks. I was living on a military base and it was quite scary.
    Also, I was only four when Ronald Reagan was shot and I can tell you just about everything about that day.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Amy, that must have been a gripping memory to leave an impression on you at that young age. And I can only imagine the fear of wondering if your base would be targeted that day, when it was uncertain what would happen next.
      History impacts on such a deeply emotional level. I'm sure thast's what attracts me to writing historicals.
      Thanks for visiting today!

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    2. Reagan was and is my hero and I remember that day as if it were yesterday too! I cried. I'm seeing a pattern here with me. LOL. I think I cry easy. But Reagan was the last president that truly seemed proud to be an American. He gave the people pride back in their country. My hubby was in the AF at the time and up until Reagan took office people were disrespectful to the service men. Even though Vietnam was behind us the stigmatism stuck.

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  6. I'm an email subscriber, too!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  7. A day I will definitely never forget is 9/11. I'm not much of a news watcher, never have been, but that day I did. I also held my kids just a little closer.

    I am a subscriber.

    ginger (dot) solomon (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Ginger, we all were so happy to know our loved ones were safe that day. I had relatives that lived in Manhattan and it was never so good to hear their voice as then.
      Thank for being a follower and for coming by.

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    2. Amen Ginger! The day before was the first time my husband had gotten me on an airplane because of my fear of flying. We flew from SC to Washington state to wake up to the planes flying into the towers and i was thousands of miles from my 4 children.

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  8. Wow. You all have mentioned some that I can remember. I also remember when a plane was hijacked and a military man (I cannot remember the branch) was killed. I was at Arlington Cemetery when Pres. and Mrs. Reagan went to the burial of this young man. I was a young teenager at the time and our family was in D.C. for one day. It is an experience that I will not ever forget.

    I have wanted to read this book for sometime now. Thanks for making it part of the giveaway.

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    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey, Deanna
      So good to see you today. Thanks for sharing that memory and for coming by today. good luck!

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    2. Hey Deanna. I know for a while there after the movie Hijacked came out that there were several hijackings. The man that wrote that movie said he wished he'd never have written it.

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  9. 9/11 for me too...it is so recent to me still that it sticks out more than any of the others...there was such confusion we didn't know if there were more attacks coming or not.
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    1. Eliza, you said it--the uncertainty was as powerful as the events themselves. I was glued to the TV and Tom Brockaw was like my pastor that week.

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    2. I think because of the mass loss of lives it will be a day that lives in all of the minds of those who were alive to see it. You couldn't be an American and not be touched by it.

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  10. When the twin towers fell on 9-11. I had graduated college and had no job. I was very depressed and happened to turn on the TV and see coverage. I remember going outside and looking around the farm. It was sunny and beautiful that day and we have had lots of those days but I still can picture that day in my head and what it looked like outside. I remember thinking if the attacks were real because it seemed so peaceful outside. It took some time for me to absorb it along with my personal troubles but later that year my relationship with God came closer after my troubles. I guess my troubles and the turmoil of that year drew me to God, the shining point of that time.

    I am a feed burner subscriber through email. Thanks!

    Kim LitlePokie@aol.com

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    1. Kim, that gave me Holy Spirit goosebumps. Yes, these times can draw us to the Lord, or they can harden us. I'm so glad you felt His presence in your life at that time. I recall the beautiful blue sky in upstate NY that day, too. A perfect September day. Almost.

      Thanks so much for sharing. That blessed me.

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    2. Hey Kim, That is wonderful that God drew you closer to Him. I think a lot of lives were changed due to that day. God can using anything for good!

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  11. I was only in 2nd grade at the time, but I will never forget the day President Kennedy was assassinated. There was the announcement over the school's loudspeaker, everyone gasping, as I went home there was soo much news and pictures, I was sad even as a little girl. My dad and I had seen the president just a month prior to this and we still have the picture of him. I am a feedburner subscriber,and follow you on fb and twitter,

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    1. Wow, Jojo. That picture must be one of your most prized possessions. The nation truly mourned him.

      Thanks for being a follower! Lord bless

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    2. Hey Jojo, it was a sad moment in the history of America. And to know all the controversy still surrounding it makes me wonder if we will ever know the truth.

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  12. When the 9/11 attacks happened I was in the livingroom of our home with my mom and brothers. I remember my grandma called, and told my mom to turn on the TV. When she did, we saw the first tower go down, and we watched till it was over. It was scary.

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    Rachel
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    1. My story is very similar Rachel. My mom called me to tell me to turn on the news, saying a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. We both knew it was terrorism right away. My son was homeschooled at the time, and watched on and off with us. My husband and I watched the other plane crash into the other tower, saw both towers fall, and the fiery wreckage at the Pentagon, and the crater in Pennsylvania where the plane was commandeered by the passengers. We were in heavy prayer that day, convinced there would be more. Its something I'll never forget.

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    2. Hey Rachel. We were on the west coast with jet lag and my mother came in and woke us up to tell us America was under attack. It is a vision I'll never forget.

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  13. Kathleen,

    Happy Tuesday! I think for me, one of the most memorable days in my life time was the fall of the Berlin Wall. I grew up on the mission field and know so many who'd risked their lives to cross that wall, smuggling the Word of God into the hidden and desperate corners of the world. It was amazing to see that edifice of tyranny brought to ruins by the spirit of people rising up together.

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    becky (at) beckydoughty (dot) com

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    1. wow, Becky! Yes, that was an amazing moment. And your perspective makes it even more so. Thank you and your brave friends who risked so much for the gospel. Thank God for fulfillment of prayer that day.

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    2. Ah yes, I remember President Reagan saying, "Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall!"

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  14. Some of the events that have happened in my lifetime & which I will never forget are the Vietnam War (my brother served in it as a pilot), the death of JFK, & 9/11.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    I am a feedburner follower.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for your brother's service. God bless him.
      Thank you for the follow, and best of luck on the contest!

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    2. Tell your brother thank you! Although I was just a kid, I remember the disrespect those young men were given on return. I know you're proud of him.

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  15. Hi Kathleen! HI Debbie Lynne!! Just dropping by to say HI and tell everyone that I LOVED Kathleen's book! In fact, if you don't win it here, drop by my blog next Friday cause I'm having Kathleen come by there as well. Love reading everyone's memorable days... amazing how many center around 9-11. I know that's a day I will never forget as well. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, MaryLu! I can't wait to interact with your readers, and look forward to sharing. Lord bless!

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    2. Hey MaryLU!!! Thanks for coming by. It's been fun and sad reading everyone's memories. America has been through some tough times. I'll be coming by your blog next week MaryLU. MaryLu's blog is www.crossandcutlass.blogspot.com be sure and stop by next week.

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  16. Yes, the 9/11 events are for sure one of the tops of my memories. But I think another big impact that I remember very well is the shuttle exploding. I was in school at the time and learning about the teacher hit me hard as I could relate. I remember coming home and my parents letting us watch the news unfolding on tv. So serious and sad!
    I had no clue about the New York riots regarding the Civil War! I LOVE learning new historical things. :) Thanks!
    Susan P
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    1. Thanks, Susan. You hit on something that is so poignant. As a kid, when our house was somber, my sister and I knew something very serious had happened even if we didn't understand the events themselves. Usually our house was filled with joking and laughter. It is sometimes the reactions of others that make the event stand out to me as I recall. That sobriety was more alarming than the images at times.
      And I'm glad you got something new out of today's post. It must have been an awful time but I believe then as now that darkness allows God's light to shine all the more brightly.

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    2. I didn't either, Susan! Kathy is just a wealth of information. I love reading her stuff because I am always guaranteed to come away learning something!

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  17. 9/11 is definitely imprinted on my mind but I was only 11 when it happened so I think I was more confused than anything. A more recent event that hit right at home were the April 27, 2011 tornadoes in Alabama. That was an absolutely devastating day for our state.

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    1. Those were terrible tornadoes, Liz. I hope you and yours were kept safe. I worked for Hobby Lobby up here at the time, and I read their newsletter about how the store in the town hit by the F5 was completely wiped out, but the workers and customers in the locked office survived. It was a miracle.
      Thank you for coming and leaving a comment. Good luck on the giveaway

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    2. Those were terrible. I had a friend from Alabama and that made it very real here in SC. Thanks for coming by, Liz.

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  18. The piece of history that left an impression on me was when President Kennedy was killed on my birthday.
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    1. Oh, Janet. On your birthday? That's awful. And it must have been so shocking the way Oswald was killed, too, and then Bobby. I think we'll never know the whole truth from that time until we see Jesus.
      Hope you win something this week. :)

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    2. That is so sad! What a way to remember your birthday. It was a terrible day for America.

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  19. KATHY!!! I am so excited for you for your launch. Many blessings to you. Don't enter me for the drawing I just wanted to stop by and say hi to you and DL!!! Blessings!!!

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    1. Hey Carrie. Now if I made it a pink giveaway would you be interested. ;o) Thanks for coming by and good talking to you this morning on the radio.

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    2. GREAT talking with you this morning, DL!!!! That was so fun popping in on Kathy's radio interview. I love chatting, haha!!!

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    3. you girls rescued me this morning! I was gasping for breath on the sidelines. I owe you big! Thank you for this party this week. I feel like a princess. Truly. You are both wonderful.

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  20. I remember many of the days that were mentioned above. Of course, 9/11 stands out in my mind, because I was an adult at that time, with a young daughter who could not understand! However, one I remember so well is when Bobby Kennedy was killed. I was in elementary school in Canada, and we watched as the events unfolded. After that, I looked for newspapers, magazine and other sources that gave many details on that event. I still do not know why this stands out in my mind, but every time one of the Kennedy family dies, I think of this again.
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    1. Hi, Betti
      The Kennedy's sure have had their share of tragedy, that's for sure. Anyone of that generation I've ever talked to seems to have been deeply touched by those assassinations. Interesting, your perspective as a Canadian. I didn't realize the romance of Camelot was an international thing.

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  21. Hey Betz. I have a couple of newspapers in my attic that my mom gave me. They were of JOhn F Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy assassinations. Though the papers aren't worth anything monetarily they are to me. Thank you for coming by!

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  22. The first ones I remember in my lifetime was pearl harbor and WW ll . I had a brother, brother-in-laws, and friends(and cousins) who were in that war. Was a scary time. Some of the friends didn't make it home. My dad moved us to Houston to work in the shipyards during the war. But God blessed us. Then when I was a young mother, we had Cuba threatening to attack America. Our President threw down the guantlet with a warning that if there ships crossed a certain line, we'd be ready. They backed down. We had been told to but extra supplies and be ready to find protection. Then the day Kennedy was shot was a traumatic day.When we lived in KS. in later years, my stepson was in the war where we ran IRAN out of IRAQ. That was very scary and was watching the news every day. Then there was the bombing in Okla. City. I had relatives living there and a nephew had just passed the bldg. but was safe. but, will never forget 9-11 and the twin when America was attacked.Was a horrible time and sent us to war again. (which sadly some seemed to think we should just ignored. I also had a grandson and others in this war too. Yes, we have lost many,, and for that I am very sad, but we have lost millions in other countries trying to keep America safe and to keep the war away from here. And, our enemy is beginning to think we are a week country, I'm afraid. Now,, the bombing in Boston. So much has happened in the years I've lived. I would love to win this gift basket.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, you have seen a lot of history and experienced a lot of tragedy. God bless your family for the service they have rendered to our country. I pray the Lord will grant us peace now.
      Thank you for coming by and sharing. Best of luck on the basket.

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  23. There is so many tragic things that have happened in our life time. So many things etched into our memories. Thanks for coming by Maxie and good luck.

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  24. The Boston bombing is the most recent thing that I can actually remember. I know bad things happen, but it still amazes me when people can do awful things for no apparent reason other then they can.
    Thanks for having the giveaway. I'm a feedburner follower. I follow CFHS.
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're right, Rose. It is mind numbing to try to grasp why people do what they do. I love that quote by Fred Rogers of the Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood children's show on PBS. He said how his mother would tell him as a child to look for the helpers in times of turmoil. There will always be people who are trying to help. That restores my faith in humanity when the world seems to have gone crazy. Thank you for coming by and visiting today. Good luck on the contest!

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  25. Hey Rose, I know it is a sad testiment to our world the way people are today. Not just in our country but across the world. I know the hatred and anger must sadden the Lord. The Boston bombing was so very sad and senseless.

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  26. I loved Kathleen's book. I am featuring it on my blog this coming Saturday or the next. Just want to help get the word out.
    9-11 is the day that is burned into my mind and will not go away. The images of that day are still very vivid. And the recent bombings are a sure sign of the times. May God bless America!
    I already own Linore's book, but please enter me in the other drawing. :) God bless

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    1. Bless you Chaplain Debbie! I'll swap her book out for another if you win! Thanks for being so faithful to my blog!

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  27. The winner was selected from Random numbers. AND THE WINNER IS...MaryLu Tyndall! Congratulations!

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  28. Congrats to me Cap'n!!! Huzzah!!!

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