Category Archives: Gifts

Santa and the True Spirit of Christmas…by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Note: This article was originally written in 1994, published in The Annals of Saint Anne and later in Active Christian News.   A portly man with a white beard, wearing a flannel shirt and suspender-supported blue jeans, pumped gas into … Continue reading

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Diamond Ring and Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs

Diamond Ring and Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs Christmas time brings both happy and painful memories. Today, I share one of a father’s love and his gift. A father kept a memorable gift tucked away in the top drawer of … Continue reading

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Review of My Rhyme-Time Bible for Little Ones by Donna Clark Goodrich

It’s the day after Thanksgiving–only one more month before Christmas! But if someone on your Christmas list is between three and six years old, may I suggest a beautiful Bible storybook–in rhyme? My Rhyme-Time Bible for Little Ones is gorgeously illustrated. … Continue reading

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Today I am Sad…But Not Without Hope

I am very sad. I know it will not always be so, but today, I am very sad. My mother died one month ago. I miss her. She lived with us the last 20 years of her life. I was … Continue reading

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When You Long to Escape

Some days I dream about escaping. I picture myself at the Hotel del Coronado (“the Del”) on the southern California coast for three days. By myself. The dream is most vivid seconds before I open the door for the first … Continue reading

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Santa and Me

Though I titled this post Santa and me, I’m not sure we’re actually in a relationship. Sorry. Santa and I have had an on again, off again relationship most of my life. More off than on, really. I don’t have any … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Christmas and Matilda by Betty Mason Arthurs

Nursing Home Christmas and Matilda…by Betty Mason Arthurs “Mrs. Arthurs, Matilda escaped during lunch, but she’s back safe and sound.” A nurse’s aide, Anne, breathlessly told me the latest escapade of one of our nursing home patients when I arrived … Continue reading

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