Chapter 16
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Summer Reading

Once upon a time, Donna Parker and Trixie Belden saved a lonely little girl

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: For a child in small-town Alabama, books provided solace in summers without friends and activities.

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Life and Love on “The Rock”

Our visit to Alcatraz opened my eyes and heart

My daughter didn’t go to Alcatraz willingly. She grumbled the whole way, punctuating the morning with sarcasm: “Yay, it’s prison day!” Perhaps she was right — what purpose did it serve to see this horrific chapter of history?

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The pleasures of patience, redbuds, and good neighbors

Sometimes I wonder why anyone would want to live anywhere but the South and whether I’ve discovered some secret to life since moving here.

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