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MONDAY MUSINGS: Truisms I learned with age…

 When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

mr-clark-and-son-doing-some-weeding-in-coffee-county-1939-by-john-collier-library-of-congressMr. Clark and son doing some weeding in Coffee County August 1941 by John Collier (Library of Congress)

An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.

a-christmas-nightmare-print-by-will-crawford-will-crawford-december-1910-library-of-congressIllustration shows two children surrounded by broken toys. The toys are pointing fingers at the children and complaining to Santa Claus about the treatment they’ve received from them over the past year; Santa is sitting on the right, reading a large book labeled “Condition of Last Years Toys”.N.Y. – William Crawford, artist –  Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann, Puck Building, 1911 December 6.(Library of Congress)

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach that person to use the internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.


All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

rainbow-carol-highsmith-library-of-congressA rainbow appears over the unusual levee along the Arkansas River in Pueblo, Colorado. It seems to descend upon the sketched head of the wise-cracking movie and television comedian Groucho Marx. His image is part of the long and eclectic mural on the levee walls May 2010 (Carol Highsmith, Library of Congress)

Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) Kindle Edition Inspired by true events and the Cottingham family that resided in 17th century Somerset, Maryland and Delaware, colonial America comes alive with pirate attacks, religious discord, and governmental disagreements in the pre-Revolutionary War days of America. Books make great Christmas gifts.

Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) (Paperback)

By (author):  Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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