APR 27-MAY 3 2020 First off, we need to get our terminology together. Some people skip school. Others cut class. Still others play hooky, turn truant, bunk off, go AWOL, no show, ditch, steer, tail, skive, miss, desert, or escape. Any way we say it, we're talking about an unauthorized absence from school. Here in rural Idaho, we say sluff. It's the kind of word that automatically gets underlined in red by errant word processors until someone right-clicks and adds it to the dictionary. ? ? Perhaps these well-meaning spell checks would be happier with the word slough, as in [...]

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APR 26 2020 Yesterday was a cool, cloudy day. Perfect for taking a drive. And that's just what we did.? ? 2 parents, 2 boys, 2 girls, 2 dogs. 1 car.? ? We ended up at Market Lake, outside Roberts Idaho. It is a wildlife management area. A bird refuge. And let me tell ya, there's plenty of birds there. It was a beautiful drive and a lovely walk. The dogs were so happy to get out and run. It was doggie Disneyland.? ? We found an old dirt road that wound through the lava rocks next to the marsh. [...]

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APR 25 2020 1662- King Charles II grants royal charters to the New England colonies. Connecticut's charter is generous, granting dominion all the way to the Pacific Ocean, guaranteeing the colonists "all liberties and immunities" of England.? ? Charles dies suddenly in 1685. His brother James takes the throne. James II thinks his brother's charters are too liberal, so he sends an axe man to revoke them. Edmund Andros. Governor of New York. Wager to tighten imperial grip on the American colonies. He's already been trying for years to bring Connecticut into subjection.? ? 1687- Andros marches into Hartford with [...]

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APR 24 2020 They called it The Monarch of the Forest. This was no ordinary tree. Local Indian tribes had held war councils and powwows under her branches for ages. The tree was sacred to them. They took good care of it. So, during a special powwow celebrating a war victory, the sagamores ordered a dead branch removed. With a carefully tended fire, they charred the branch near the trunk. Over the decades that followed, the remnant of the limb, on the Northeast side of the tree, decayed. Wind, rain, heat, and frost worked on that scar, until a deep [...]

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APR 23 2020 Yesterday I posted a newspaper clipping about my great grandparents, who were married in a living room by Elder W.T. Turpin. Today I share the newspaper article about her parents, who... get this... were married in a living room by Reverend W.T. Turpin. I wonder how many marriage ceremonies that guy performed?? ? I'm going to get a little vulnerable here, and talk about something that is very special to me. I hope you'll treat it with respect. It isn't intended as a sermon, but as a way to share an important part of my life.? ? [...]

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APR 21 2020 There were about 300 of us. That was a large graduating class for our community. Most of us were friends. The band geeks cheered the sports teams on. The cheerleaders supported the high school musicals. The jocks stood up for the nerds. Even the stoners and the loners were welcome at any lunch table.? ? What about gangs? There was a gang of tough boys called The Amigos. They ruled the school, committing random acts of kindness wherever they went.? ? If it all seems a bit idyllic, that's because it was. At least, that's how I [...]

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APR 20 2020 Congratulations to the class of 2020! I know it's hard right now. You should be having the time of your life, and instead you're inside barricaded against a plague. Hopefully you can see how much the world loves you. We care. We stand by you. ? ? Here's Pam's beautiful senior picture. Pam and I graduated together (class of '96). We're old geezers now. I've gotten fat and bald, but my sweetheart is more beautiful than ever. She just gets better with age.? ? Listen, don't let Corona Virus get you down. Don't let anything or anyone [...]

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APR 19 2020 Hello everyone! Pam here. We are continually on the lookout for creative ideas that will help our children get excited and involved with family history. We would love to hear about your efforts also!? ? Maybe it's because we've been stuck at home, but I was fascinated this week about the idea of tracking the locations of where our ancestors have lived so that we can plan to visit those locations someday. In our travels, we have often wished we knew if we had any ancestors who lived nearby. We have also wished we had a better [...]

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APR 17 2020 [Warning: This is a happy-ending-less post. Reader discretion advised.]? ? ? Henry's mental health continued to plummet. Fits of rage. Irrational fears. Alcoholism. Despondency. Frequent migraines. Malnourishment.? ? Society gossip said Lincoln's death had turned Henry into a madman. After all, they reasoned, Lincoln's own widow had gone crazy. ? ? Early morning. 1883. 2 days till Christmas. Henry. Pale. Pallid. Pasty. Slender. Slim. Slight. Grim. Gruesome. Grisly.? ? Henry emerged from his solitary shadows. He entered his wife's bedroom. He told her he wanted to be with the children. Confused, Clara reminded him how extremely early [...]

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APR 16 2020 Henry blamed himself. He was a trusted army officer. Trained. Tested. Proven. How then could he have let President Lincoln die mere feet away?? ? His fiance Clara had worn a white dress the night of the assassination. A relic of a nightmare, caked with Henry's blood. And yet, she held onto it. In fact, she even wore it again to pose for a photograph.? ? She took the dress with her to the family's summer home in Albany. There it hung, in a closet, exactly 1 year after Lincoln's demise. That night, she claimed, Clara awoke [...]

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