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Marking the birthday of a man who Bing Crosby called, "the beginning and the end of music in America." Born in the sweltering heat of a New Orleans' August, the grandson of former slaves, and suffering abject poverty, that man was Louis Armstrong.

It was starvation that drove young Louis to the streets where he learned to sing, scat, and play trumpet, all to earn a few pennies each day to feed his hunger and stay alive. From those hardened streets he rose by the sheer weight of his talent...

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Buttermilk clouds riffle across the wide expanse of the sky this morning, as another mild day unfolds in the hills. One of our sons complained this morning "it doesn't feel a bit like Christmas." It is true that we have had an extended fall season of warm weather, and with no snowflakes filling the air; it is hard to imagine that we are only a few days away from Christmas. Still, I am convinced that Christmas is all about memories anyway. My mind drifts back to a Christmas spent at an old...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This is my last column for 2014 and I find myself in a reflective mood as I recount the many blessings I received over the course of the past twelve months.

One of the biggest joys of quilt restoration work is seeing the look of amazement on the faces of the customers when they first see their restored quilt: Gaping holes left behind by puppy chews, worn bindings and tattered pieces of scrappy fabrics now replaced with vintage period fabrics so even...

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Liven up your holiday décor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season.

Start by gathering greenery from your landscape. Use needled evergreens like pines and firs, broadleaf evergreens like boxwood, holly and evergreen magnolia as well as junipers and arborvitaes to create wreaths, swags, centerpieces and garland. And don't forget to include cones, holly berries, crabapples and the bluish-colored fruit of junipers.

Be selective as you prune your trees and shrubs when...

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There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly...

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On Saturday, June 5, 1976, my younger sister came running out to where I was fixing a fence our cows had broken down. It was lunch time and I thought she might be coming to call me to come eat. But I quickly realized by the way she was running that something was wrong.

"Daris," she said, panting, her voice sounding panicked, "the radio said the Teton Dam broke, and that St. Anthony has been destroyed!"

My parents and some of my brothers and sisters were in St. Anthony. I threw down my tools...

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