Monthly Archives: July 2014

Doomseeds Has Arrived!

The exciting second novel in the Botanicaust Series is now available! How could a rescue mission go so wrong? When Jubal, a friendly trader, arrives at the Holdout with news of Eily’s lost twin sister, Eily doesn’t hesitate to head…

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Michigan Lily? Turk’s Cap? Lilium tigrinum?

Oh no!!! My pride and joy may not be a native Michigain Lily after all, given the description of the seeds. I am crushed!     Mine produces seeds first, a dozen or more dark beads clinging to the stem, followed … Continue reading

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Leaping Lizards! A bird planted a Leopard Lily in Mom’s yard!

   Mom was mystified by this new plant in her flower bed, with leaves similar to an iris but more rounded. Soon the flower emerged, a tiny lily (not iris!), spotted and orange. Next came the unusual seeds, clustered like … Continue reading

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Rachel’s Contrition by Michelle Buckman

Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Accidentally killing one’s own child? Forgetting your own child in the car, leaving him or her all day and coming out of work to find a dead baby in the back seat–most … Continue reading

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Liberia “Safe Enough” for Refugees to go back now

Who cares? I do. Our daughter Claire is in Ghana Summer 2014 as an intern. Her boyfriend (they met in college in 2012) came to the USA after three years in a refugee camp in Ghana. His family lost everything when they … Continue reading

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“Not in My State” illegals vs Iowa Gov. Ray’s Vietnames Refugees

At least 57,000 illegal immigrant children unlawfully crossed the border since October 2013. An estimated 150,000 more will try it next year. Nearly 75% of illegal immigrant children are from Central America.  The federal government dumped illegal immigrants in Nebraska, without prior consent. Gov. … Continue reading

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Voluntourism: Volunteering for Photo Ops, Resume-Boosting

How negative can I be, how much of a Scrooge, that calling high school kids to volunteer overseas would set my teeth on edge? Spend $3,000 to send my child to Mexico or Guatemala to help build housing for the … Continue reading

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