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The Christmas Strawberry

By John & Kathy Derby First published in 1977 In our backyard every summer we grew a marvelous crop of strawberries. The plants were there before we moved here, and although they moved from one spot to another, we had never tried to cultivate them, as such, they just seemed to grow at their own pace. Normally by the first fall frost…

‘Perfect Storm’ story has Happy Christmas ending

'While they were homeless, they never complained about anything. They’re humbled that they’re still alive and breathing.' Sue Emanivong, Healthy House  Sebastian Junger’s book, A Perfect Storm, tells the tale of a North Atlantic storm that took 13 lives in 1991. It happened as a result of a nor’easter that absorbed Hurricane Grace and…