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April 2012

Dear Reader-Friend,

Happy springtime! In Lancaster County Amish country, farmers have already plowed their fields and seeded clover and alfalfa. The annual spring airing of quilts and blankets is finished, and houses have been cleaned from top to bottom, ready for the warm, sunny days and mild evenings soon to come. This year spring has arrived early, just as it has in many locales around the country.

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November 2011

My Dear Reader-Friend,

In thinking ahead to the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, I've embraced the idea of simplifying the many trappings of our family celebrations. A conversation with one of my Amish consultants just this morning reminded me again of the joy of simplicity—of paring down the extraneous in order to focus on the meaning of these special times set aside for faith and family and friends.

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August 2011

My Dear Reader-Friend,

I can still feel the sun's warmth from my brisk walk this beautiful Colorado summer morning. This time of year always stirs wonderful memories--memories of picnic tables laden with delicious food, sipping sweet lemonade in the shade with my family, conversations and laughter carrying us through glowing afternoons. Yet the breath of fall comes gently on the wind, and I am reminded that there is a season for everything.

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May 2011

My Dear Reader-Friend,

Happy Mother's Day to you who are mothers and grandmothers! May the day be very special and joyful.

I have sweet memories of my mother who cooked from scratch (does anyone cook like that anymore?) and played beautiful music at the piano and organ. She had a special way with Plain people, because she was raised with Anabaptist values and seemed to understand their sometimes curious ways.

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March 2011

My Dear Reader-Friend,

Today, as I sit in my office and write to you, the sky is pale blue outside my west-facing windows, and the temperature is approaching 60 degrees, with a mere whisper of a breeze. We're heading out to walk around Palmer Lake, near Monument, CO, our former "stompin' grounds" for nine years. Then...ice cream! So, spring is definitely not only in the air but in my heart.

I've just completed the third book of THE ROSE TRILOGY and I'm itching to go on my spring book tour, promoting Book Two: The Judgment. I'll be visiting the following states between April 7-16: Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas! If you live within driving distance, I would love to meet you. (See my web site and Facebook page for locations and times—so we don't miss each other!)

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