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Summer reading recommendation! A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel is a fantastic read. Set in the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York in the late 1800s, A Violet Season chronicles one growing season on a family-owned violet farm. Brothers embroiled in a long-standing feud change the course of (at least) one woman’s life forever.
A story of mothers and daughters, husbands and sons, A Violet Season delivers the perfect mix of historical detail, carefully crafted characters, and rich narrative. Heart-pounding at times, heartbreaking at others, A Violet Season’s imagery and undercurrent of societal unrest does justice to an earlier time and sheds light on the challenges we face today.
Sadie, an 8-year-old border collie / blue heeler mix, died Friday, June 8, 2012, from injuries sustained during a home burglary. The intruder / would-be thief injured Sadie so badly that she had to be euthanized. Her family — Kori and Randy Clark of Billings, Montana — seek information about the crime. We offered by phone this morning to help them raise funds for the reward. Details below, including information way at the bottom about how to contact local officials to ask them to help the Clarks see this case through to its rightful conclusion.
Monster deadlines ate up last week, so I’m just now getting to a post for Monday (6/11) at around 3 pm mountain time. Sorry about that. Here are just a couple reminders and requests, if you’d like to actively support Champion of My Heart’s online presence.
While we are VERY tempted to adopt this border collie puppy who went missing in our canyon for 8 days this spring, there are many, MANY reasons that is probably NOT the best idea. And, yet, her face and her personality are so much like Lilly’s that I worry about her finding the “right” home. Today … just some pix of OREO. Many of which if you did NOT know better, I’m sure you’d assume were of Lilly.