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Joan Larsen Presents: 2016 – Reflections From the Mountain

December 30, 2015

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As 2015 comes to a close, and as we perch a bit precariously on the edge of this New Year –  we are still filled with hope  as we always have been. But with a world in turmoil as it is, stirring our minds — a small family holiday getaway has done the trick,  once again bringing us back to the beauty […]

‘Tis the Season to Rip the Phone Off the Wall

December 28, 2015

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Beware of the Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone, or Why There Should Be No Exemptions to the Do Not Call List. Now here we are in the Season of Giving. People’s hearts and wallets are open, so of course charities come a-calling. And this is where Lila gets really annoyed with the fact that the Do […]

Joan Larsen Presents: The Most Magical Holiday Season

December 23, 2015

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by Joan Larsen The years spent in our lovely decorated home waiting for Santa to make his magical, glorious appearance are long past.  The close-knit family of our childhoods seem to have scattered in all directions now. Changes in tradition never seem to be easy.  But after more thought, more talk than you might believe, […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Crèche – Mom, From Central Casting

December 21, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly The school I went to had a boy’s side and a girl’s side, “and never the twain shall meet.”  It was strictly forbidden for either side to mix with the other. Even in the big schoolyard we shared together, there was a heavy painted line that neither gender child would even think […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A True and Inspiring Holiday Tale to Remember – Sprinkling Stars on the Life of a Child

December 16, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Sometimes, a single story can change our lives. Though this personal tale takes place in the Christmas season, it is one that – once heard – is remembered forever.   The glories of nature in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana would be hard to match.  But in that wilderness live families whose […]

“Free-Range Kid” Legislation: Pretty Sad That It Needed a Law

December 14, 2015

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A little bit of common sense may be returning to our schools. On 10 December, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which overhauls the disastrous “No Child Left Behind” law. Love it or not, the idea is to get the Federal Government mostly out of the education business and return control of curricula […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Ready, Set, Snow! – The Old World Charms of Quebec City

December 9, 2015

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By Joan Larsen We’re dreaming of a white Christmas. Streets banked with that glistening white stuff, beautifully highlighted by festive holiday decorations, quaint little markets for that one-of-a-kind gift shopping that will make you the most remembered Santa on earth. Quebec exudes Old World charm, yet it is enticingly close to home. You are going […]

Lucky Horses, Part Two: Mr. Crazy Pants

December 7, 2015

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Remember when we wrote about our neighbor’s three lucky horses a couple of years ago? Their luck continues… and that is perhaps Lila’s luck, now, too. The oldest two horses are now 32 and 28, respectively, and will probably never wear a saddle again. They have crossed that boundary into old age, but they continue […]

Joan Larsen, Out and About: Lighting Up the Holidays at the Biltmore Mansion

December 2, 2015

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by Joan Larsen To me, there is nothing like the feeling of a much loved family gathering filled with love – with so many hugs and so much joy – each and every Christmas. My spirits have lifted for the celebration. But I don’t want to spend the remaining days of the season stretched out […]