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Thankful Thursday: America the Beautiful

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife. Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine Till all success be nobleness And every gain divine! O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America!…

Lake Tahoe

Thankful Thursday: We are Family

I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. – Maya Angelou Having seven brothers and sisters can be pretty wonderful. But having several siblings can also be quite a challenge and…

Cross Estate Gardens

A Secret Garden

Part of the Morristown National Historical Park, the Cross Estate Gardens aren’t really secret but they are located in a quiet and secluded place in Morristown, NJ. While searching for public gardens in New Jersey, I was surprised to find this gem of a garden not too far away from where I live. Tranquil, serene,…