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The Final Curtsy: A Royal Memoir by the Queen’s Cousin

51m8owt8ygl-_sx349_bo1204203200_ For those of our chums who love the Royals, we are reading a wonderful book at the moment.  It is called The Final Curtsy:  A Royal Memoir by the Queen’s Cousin and is written by none other than the Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes.

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Well Done – A Lesson In Honor

img_9254These two adorables attended the world famous Rose Parade this past Monday, January 2nd and this photo of them ended up in the local newspaper.  Thanks to some very generous friends, our group had very coveted front row seats at the parade.  What these girls and everyone around them witnessed though, was much more than just pretty floats and marching bands.   Read more

Did You Know?

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There is a changing of the guard going on in this country.   Read more

Beginning Sweetly!

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No, this is not a reversal of yesterday’s Sweet Beginnings post.  It is simply a bit of a play on words. Read more

Sweet Beginnings

img_8951Start the new year off in a sweet and comforting way with yummy Cinnamon Bread Pudding and Buttered Rum Sauce!   Read more

What Is Your Choice?

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As the end of 2016 approaches and the new year begins your Two Chums want you to know how much we appreciate your support.   Read more

Well Done – Sharing Her Good!

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A 16-year-old girl made one family’s Christmas extra special this year after spending her paycheck on gifts for a mom and her four boys in need. Read more

Did You Know? – Never On Sunday

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When January 1st falls on a Sunday… Read more

New Year’s Resolutions

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The end of this week will mark the time when we make new year’s resolutions so now is the time to be really thinking about it. Read more

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

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Christmas Savvy Secrets

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You know how much we love History.com and today, we found these very fun facts about Christmas.  A bit of Christmas Trivia around the holidays makes for a lot of fun. Read more

Christmas Stockings

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Soon children and, in some homes, adults, will hang their stockings on the fireplace expecting Santa to come and fill them with goodies.  “What a very funny tradition”, you might say!  “How on earth did it start?” you might ask. Read more

A Very Important Portrait

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Photograph taken by Nick Knight in May 2016 in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

Though a lovely photo, you might wonder why such a portrait would be deemed so important.  True it was taken as a part of the year long celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, but the signal this portrait allegedly sends is a big one for Prince Charles and for the British people.   Read more

Who Put The “Jingle” in Jingle Bells?

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Well, our trusty History.com has helped us again!  Christopher Klein shared these interesting facts about Jingle Bells and, for a carol that we all know by heart (from age 2 on up), it is amazing that there is so much we DO NOT KNOW about it! Read more

Home For Christmas!

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We read this heartwarming story by Avianne Tan of Good Morning America and trust that you will enjoy it as much as we did.

“A train conductor recently saved the life of a stowaway cat he said he found “frozen in ice and snow” under the engine of a train at a station in Canada. Read more

More Favorite Things-Quick And Easy Apple Turnovers

img_7794The title of this post says it all.  The flavor is apple and these are surely quick and very easy to make.  Oh and did we say, they are really yummy too:-)   Read more

What’s Your Favorite Carol?

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Christmas is coming fast! And Christmas music is playing everywhere you go.   Read more

Our Favorite Things – Salted Caramel Chocolates

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As you know, every so often, especially around the Holidays, we love to do posts on “our favorite things”.  In thinking about this, we would be remiss if we did not put these on the list! Read more

Difficult Predictions!

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Having just gone through an election where the predictions of most people proved to be very wrong, History.com reminds us that there have been quite a few presidential elections where things did not turn out the way everyone thought they would! Read more

Santa Claus?

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Some of you may have already read this or thought of this but we definitely think it is touching enough to repeat. Read more

Don’t Forget The Gold and Silver

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Oh golly!  It is that time of the year again!  We know we have mentioned this before but this bears repeating! Read more

Christmas “Jumpers”

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For those of you who do not know, the word “jumper” is what the English use for the word “sweater”.  This is an amazingly funny photograph of The Royals in their Christmas jumpers. Read more

A Little Bit of History

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Gouverneur Morris may not have been the most interesting man in the world, but he was the most interesting Founding Father that you probably never have heard of.   Read more

Favorite Things – Christmas Tree Waterer

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Whether you like to put your tree up early and have it up for a long time or you like to wait until closer to Christmas day, either way, your tree needs to be watered and needs to be watered often! Read more

Candied Apple Pops

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During the holiday season there always seems to be a reason to get together and so much to celebrate.  Having a treat just feels right as we gather with family and friends.  These Apple Pops are an easy and fun treat that everyone can enjoy 🙂   Read more

Buttery Potato Stacks

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If you are anything like your Two Chums, we had you at the word “buttery”.  Add that to potato and whatever it is has to be delicious!   Read more

Favorite Things – The Butter Bell

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Inspired by Oprah, and her former shows around the holidays in which she would reveal to her television audience some of her favorite things, we intend to do the same with you, our chums, over the next weeks leading up to Christmas and Hanukkah. Read more

More Thanks!

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It should not surprise our Chums that we have not put away the “Gratitude Thoughts” just yet!  In fact, we found this really interesting article on History.com about how some other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. Read more

Well Done!

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Oh, how we love to share touching moments!  We are always so grateful to hear of them!  Here is one from Avianne Tan of Good Morning America that was over-the-top generous. Read more

Unique Gift Ideas

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It’s the busiest shopping day of the year today, otherwise known as “Black Friday”.  So we have some fun ideas for you today, for those folks who you think it might be difficult to buy gifts for this holiday season.   Read more

Giving Thanks

420-thanksgiving-table-conversation-starters-family-friends-imgcache-rev1320424998051Today, on this national holiday, we eat turkey and yummy pies and sit around our dining tables with family and friends.  But don’t forget admidst the family stories, laughter and fun, piles of dishes and tired feet, today is really about giving thanks.   Read more

Time To Unite

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We came across this wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal, written by Melanie Kirkpatrick and just HAD to share it with all of you. Read more

Your Thanksgiving Table Decor

img_9256Fresh flowers are always lovely, but they aren’t the only option for a centerpiece or decorations at your Thanksgiving gathering.   Read more

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

img_9312It may be “old fashioned” but we think Pumpkin Pie is always in style! Read more

Apple Cake-A Taste Of Fall

img_7833-2Pumpkin, butternut squash, maple, pomegranate, cinnamon, ginger, and pear are all iconic tastes, fruits and flavors of fall.  But perhaps one of the most enjoyed of all are apples! Read more

Mother and Wife

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Certainly, we are not trying to convince anyone that Catherine looks like Diana, Princess of Wales physically.  But, certainly, we think you will agree that they both have a certain sense of style. Read more

Jazz It Up!

This is a really simple, super fun way to jazz up your bedroom! Read more

The Right Shoes

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Savvy Secrets – Laundry Day

Savvy secrets photoIn days gone by, Monday was commonly “laundry day” for homemakers who had a different day for each household task.  Back then we didn’t have all the conveniences we now have so doing laundry could be an all day event. Today we have a chart with quick clean up ideas for any stain you might encounter. Or in today’s terms, we have some really helpful laundry hacks. Read more

Gratitude For Their Service

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A Super Fun Gift Idea

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Need a great gift idea? Read more

“The Crown”

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If you are a fan of the British royal family and you have access to Netflix, The Crown is a must see. Read more

Upon His Shoulders

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The government is upon His shoulders! Read more

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

For all of you who have red hair, these are fun facts to know. Read more

Last Stop – The White House

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Certainly, the outside of The White House is a very recognizable building but the private part of the residence is kept private. Read more

Well Done! Super Dad!

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A lovely story hit the news this week about a Dad on board a plane with his daughter. Read more

Savvy Secret – Folding A T-shirt

Savvy secrets photoWe have seen this “trick” for easy folding before.  Maybe you have too.  But not like this.   Read more

Encouraging Words

flying-pigeon-on-skyWe can all use a word of wisdom or encouragement from time to time.  Some of us need them more often than others. We all go through seasons where we just need a good reminder that things will work out.  Today we have just that sort of encouragement for you.   Read more

Jack-O-Lanterns

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Most of us will have some sort of carved pumpkin on our porches or next to our front doors or in our front windows tonight in celebration of Halloween!  This is Jack-O-Lanterns big day!  Here are some last minute ideas for carving your pumpkin and keeping it preserved a bit better. Read more

All Dressed Up For Trick Or Treat

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter

butternut-squash-ravioli-with-sage-browned-butter It’s Fall and Halloween is just days away.  So what better way to celebrate the season than with pumpkin for dinner? Much less something so easy and delicious as this is!  This could honestly not be much easier or more delicious and satisfying.  By substituting wonton wrappers for the pasta, and using canned pumpkin puree for the filling, and topping the whole thing off with a delicious nutty tasting browned butter sage sauce, you can have this elegant and really yummy dinner ready in a flash.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter
(adapted from blog.Williams-Sonoma.com)

For the filling:
1 can pumpkin puree* (you could also use cooked butternut squash or sweet potato )
1 shallot minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg, yolk and white separated
2 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1 to 2 Tbs. dried bread crumbs
Wonton wrappers

Place the pumpkin puree in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pan and lightly sauce the minced shallot until it is soft.  Add the shallot to the pumpkin puree along with the egg yolk, parmesan cheese, sugar, nutmeg and salt.  Stir well to combine.  Add bread crumbs to bind the filling together if it seems a little runny.

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Put the egg white in a bowl and beat it with a fork. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of each wrapper with the beaten egg white. Place a heaping teaspoon of the pumpkin filling in the middle of each wrapper. Top each with another wrapper, pressing firmly to seal the edges and making sure to press out any air bubbles.

Lower the heat under the boiling water and bring it to a simmer.  Place the ravioli, 6 at a time, into the simmering water and cook for about 4 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and  place on a buttered baking dish in a warm oven (about 200 degrees) while you cook the remaining ravioli.

For the sauce:
1 stick of butter
a bunch of fresh sage leaves
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the sage leaves. Cook until the sage leaves are crispy and the butter is brown, this should take about about 3 – 5 minutes. Carefully add the ravioli to the pan, 6 at a time, and turn gently to coat with the brown butter. Transfer the ravioli to each dinner plate. Top with the remaining butter and sage leaves in the pan, sprinkle with the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Add a fresh green salad and some crusty French bread and “dinner is served”!

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A Good Laugh

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We all know a good laugh is the very best thing to cure whatever ails you…or at least to give you some comic relief for a few minutes.   Read more

John Marries Abigail

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Yes, on this day in 1764, John Adams married his love, Abigail Smith.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – Travel Well

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Well, we are sure that we can all use tips to help us travel well.  Here, we have some for you which have been shared by various airline personnel who obviously do it all the time.   Read more

It’s A Shoe In!

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We have a great find for you today 🙂   Read more

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Queen

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As you well know, your Two Chums love the Royals and love sharing little things about them.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – Cornstarch 2

Savvy secrets photoWe gave you a cornstarch savvy secret recently for untangling things that have become knotted. Today we have another installment in our cornstarch savvy secrets 🙂 Read more

Where Did These Familiar Sayings Come From?

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Here are some wonderful sayings that we are sure you have all used but did not know how they came into being. Read more

Why Left and Right?

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Today the terms “left wing” and “right wing” are used as symbolic labels for liberals and conservatives, but how did we get these labels? Read more

Fairies, Gnomes and Mermaids – Oh My!

img_3435 Halloween is right around the corner just a little over two short weeks away.  If you haven’t yet decided on a costume or what your little one will be for Halloween, we have some ideas for you 🙂 Read more

On This Day in 1792 …

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…the cornerstone for the White House was laid. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Sprucing It Up!

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If you are planning on doing some “sprucing up” this season, we have a couple of things we would like to point out.  Read more

An Obsession With Shorts?

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On a recent official visit to Canada from England, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were featured regularly in the press….each time, Prince George was wearing shorts. Read more

Christopher Columbus

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Today, we celebrate Columbus Day and, yes, we are most grateful to Christopher Columbus!

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A Favorite With A Twist

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Some time ago we gave you the recipe for one of our favorite cakes.  Today we are giving it to you again but this time with a slight twist:-).   Read more

Remember – “I Am Blessed”

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Savvy Secrets – “As Seen On TV”

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We think that we have all seen those “As Seen on TV” items and have wondered how good they could be.   Read more

Irena’s Children

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MacKenzie Dawson of the New York Post writes:

“During World War II, Irena Sendler saved more people than Oskar Schindler, smuggling some 2,500 Jewish children from Warsaw’s ghetto to safety. Each time, she escaped certain death, as the price for anyone who helped a Jew was summary execution. Read more

“Eat The Frogs First”

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“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain Read more

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

img_7029Some things in life are just a given.  For instance, who doesn’t love a good biscuit?   Read more

Natural Pain Killer Smoothie

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Food is obviously a source of enjoyment and nurture but sometimes it can be used to be even more.   Read more

(Drum Roll) Saaavvy Secrets!

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Yes, you’ve got ’em!  Some great Savvy Secrets, thanks to Philipp Jahner of Buzz-Feed-Redaktion. Read more

What About This “Red” Telephone?

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Is there really a “red” telephone that might have to be answered at 3:00 am by the President? Read more

Color, Color, Color

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Thinking about sprucing your home up for the holidays?  It is never too early, as you well know! Read more

Savvy Secret – Cornstarch To The Rescue

Savvy secrets photoOne of our favorite things to post on Two Chums, is a really good Savvy Secret.  These helpful tidbits that come from a variety of sources….Facebook, Instagram, magazine articles and our favorite, our chums….make everyone’s lives a little easier and certainly more abundant.  We love the one we will share today! Read more

DIY – Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

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It’s here….Fall is officially here.  And what could be more synonymous with Fall flavor than anything pumpkin?

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Are You Mentally Strong?

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What do you think makes you mentally strong?  Travis Bradbury, a contributor to Forbes magazine, shares this with us. Read more

Well Done! Rejoicing In The Good!

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As you know, your Two Chums absolutely LOVE sharing the good.  That’s why we are re-printing this wonderful post by Rebecca Gruber. 

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Rise and Shine – A Breakfast Cookie

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Donut Anyone?

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The weekend is upon us.  What could be better to celebrate it than a hot, delicious, homemade donut?!!!!   Read more

Happy Birthday to Prince Harry!

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Yes, many happy returns go out to Prince Harry!  His mother would be proud, we feel sure! Read more

From Rags To Riches

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Yes, you guessed it . . . . that wonderful story of the family who discovered oil and headed for Beverly Hills! Read more

Let’s All Stand . . . .

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. . . . for the Star Spangled Banner! Read more

Fascinating Facts About Egypt

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It has always been very interesting to your Two Chums to read about Egypt so when we came upon this post by Gregory Myers, we could not help but share it with you.

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Who Doesn’t Love A Love Story?

Clemma and Sterling Elmore fell for each other practically the moment that they met, going steady soon after and marrying each other four months later. That was 57 years ago and their love is still going strong. Read more

Who In The World Are You?

map_of_the_worldMost of us think we know who we are, what our heritage is, where our relatives are from.  But do we really? Read more

Three Traits For Success

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According to Mark Zuckerburg, the well-known Founder of Facebook there are three traits that he sees in the most successful entrepreneurs who make it to the top. Read more

Savvy Secrets On Being A Royal

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Lots of interesting tidbits on what the Royals do and why. Read more

Yes, Enjoy!

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This being the last holiday of the summer, enjoy! Read more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

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These special treats are easy to make in a snap and soooooo yummy!  Read more

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Treats

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These special treats are easy to make in a snap and soooooo yummy!  Read more

Well Done!

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When Kevon Smith Sr. sat down for breakfast at Cracker Barrel with his son Kevon Jr. in Willoughby, OH, he had no idea he was going to make headlines just for being a good dad. Read more

Yes, More Savvy Secrets!

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We found these really great Savvy Secrets (they call them “home hacks”), that American Home Shield shares and we just HAD to share them with you!

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Let’s Hear It For Betty White!

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Betty White has received numerous awards for her long career, but her most recent recognition was for her overall television career. Read more

Hello, Prince William!

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The Duke of Cambridge (aka HRH Prince William) is a much-talked-about person and seems to be a much-loved one as well.

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Hope

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Do you ever stop to consider what your life would be like without hope?  It would surely be a very grim and dark place.   Read more

The Love Of Lavender

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Love At First Sight

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In this true story, out of the Holocaust came true love. Read more

Please, Say A Prayer

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No matter which side of the fence you stand on with regards to the election that is currently being campaigned in the United States, you have to admit that all that the two candidates are doing has to be very grueling! Read more

Happy Birthday Coco!

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Last Friday would have been Coco Channel’s 133rd birthday!  Hard to believe, but true.  What an amazing legend she is and what a legacy she left us! Read more

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