CIRCUS ANTS

Lulu jumped in with a suggestion, “Let’s join the Black Ants Circus. They’re not far from here.”

Lulo responded, “You’ve go to be kidding. Me? working with dogs or elephants? No way! Oh well, let’s give it a try.”

On their way to the circus, they talked

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FEATURED COLUMNIST CIRCUS ANTS

It was a hot summer day and sunlight was peeping through the trees. A slight breeze made my walk perfect. As I was enjoying my stroll through the woods, I spied a colony of large black ants up ahead. I always loved watching ants scurrying about doing their thing.

Fascination made me observe the worker

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LIGHTS OUT!

“I’m scared,” said Blinky, the lighting bug. He shook with fear. “Something is wrong with my tail-light. It won’t shine anymore.”

“I can’t see in the dark! Without my tail-light, I can’t find my friends. A mouse could come and eat me!” he

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THE ADVENTURES OF NOSEE

Part I of II

Once upon a time there was a garter snake that was born along with six other garter snakes in a dark and gloomy cave. He was different than his brother and sister snakes. He couldn’t see-he was blind. Not only that, he was entirely white from his head down to his tail. He was an

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WHEN GOD SMILED

Patti was a single mom with two children, Angel 15 and Max 7. They were a close-knit family and always stuck together as good Christians. Jesus meant a lot to them. Just three years ago, Max was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer and was given only a couple years to live. He had out lived the

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GOING HOME

Part II of II

Quickly he turned and descended the rickety porch steps to wander on foot around the town. His eyes were filled with tears. As he left the house, he noticed an old man next door tending his garden. The old gentleman was on his knees, stooped over cultivating his lettuce. As Jeff looked

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GOING HOME

Part I of II

What was he going to do now? The year was 2011 and Jeff has just retired from the Navy after 25 years of service traveling all over the world. He was 52 years old. No living relatives and never married. He just wanted to settle down in a small town for the rest of his life.

One place he

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HEIDI IS FOUR!

Heidi was sitting on her bed in her big brick house on 145 Peppertree Drive in New Kingston, Pennsylvania. She was thinking about her next birthday.

She got up and ran to Mommy and asked, “Mommy, when will I be four?”

“In about three weeks,” she said.

“Is that a long time?”

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THE MACKINAC FANTASY

Part IV of IV

Heidio was the last to have an exciting time. What would it be? Well, it was a totally different experience. She was at the beach with the other three dwarfettes when she put her hand into the pocket of her shorts. “What’s in there?” she thought. She was always stuffing

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THE MACKINAC FANTASY

Part III of IV

A few days passed and the last two dwarfettes were wondering who would be next with these strange events.

Heathero loved to skip flat stones on the water and she was getting very good at it. She was alone on the beach and randomly picked and picked up a stone that was perfect for skipping.

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THE MACKINAC FANTASY

Part II of IV

Now it was Captain Hollyo’s turn to have something strange happen. And boy, was it strange! She was walking toward Hannaho on the beach when she saw a pretty pink flower growing in the sand. It reminded her of one of her ballet costumes. The flower was so pretty; she picked it.

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THE MACKINAC FANTASY

Part I of IV

Once upon a time, the four dwarfettes lived for a week with their parents and their Momma and Poppa. The dwarfettes slept in four beds on the second floor of the cottage. Each of the beds were always made and lined in a row. The cottage overlooked the Straits of Mackinaw and was right

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THE TWIRLING PRINCESS

Part three of three

Hannah Leigh called them “Jingle Bells.” Then she saw they were on a sleigh and the sleigh was gliding over all the snow. There were horses pulling the sleigh and the air was crisp and cold. It all looked so pretty. The sleigh stopped and the Blue Bells brought Hannah Leigh

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THE TWIRLING PRINCESS

Part two of three
One of the followers said to her, “You must be one of our Bell Family Members. When you twirl you look like a bell and that’s what we are. We’re all Bells. Can you see our shape?”
Hannah looked at each one and, sure enough, each one looked like a little blue bell.

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THE TWIRLING PRINCESS

Part one of three

Once upon a time there was a little princess who lived in a castle with a lovely garden behind it. Her parents, the king and queen, lived there also. It was filled with all kinds of flowers. Some of them were tiny and some of them were very big. Some had a lovely smell and some of

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HANS AND THE CHRISTMAS PEOPLE

Part three of three
“Attention my good friends!” said the white bearded gentleman as his face saddened. “I come with bad news. We can no longer live not knowing who we are and what our country is. Once again our land is invaded by these gentile white flakes from the sky and this mysterious

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HANS AND THE CHRISTMAS PEOPLE

Part one of three

Once upon a time, many years ago, in the country of Switzerland, there lived a young boy named Hans. Hans was a good boy and had very nice parents. Since Switzerland is so small and squeezed between countries, Hans spoke three languages – French, Italian and German. Even his parents

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THE PAINTED GUITAR

Part one of two

Deep in the Louisiana bayou in and old fishing shack, hangs a painted guitar. The old shack is half hidden by moss covered cypress trees. It has a tumbled down porch with a rocker on it. Fishnets hang from the side of the shack. In the swamps nearby lurk alligators, snakes and other

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THE PIANO KEY

Part three of three

She registered for the audition and the whole family went to hear her play. She chose the concerto that she loved so much. She was somewhat nervous but her fingers seemed to glide over the keyboard. The judges made their decisions and it was unanimous. Heidi had won the competition.

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THE PIANO KEY

Part Two of Three

Heidi continued to study and become more proficient in the piano. Every now and then she would hit the special top key to see if it would do the same thing. It did more! There were extra notes added to what she heard before. So far there were ten notes sounding. Here is what Heidi

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THE PIANO KEY

Part one of three

This story is about a girl named Heidi. She lived with her parents and three sisters in the hills of Pennsylvania. She sometimes wore her hair in pigtails and was always a bright and cheery gal. She loved lots of fun and enjoyed her family. She especially loved God and would sing

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THE SECRET OF THE GRAND HOTEL

Part three of three

HEIDI (indignant): “My turn Hank. Well, Hank pretended he didn’t even hear me! We continued up the never ending creaky steps. The stale air was constant and made us almost choke. We passed through several more old doors. None were locked we wondered how far up we were

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THE SECRET OF THE GRAND HOTEL

(part two of three)

HANK: “You go ahead and go in, Heidi.”

HEIDI: “We put our heads together and figured out the best time of day to try was after 8:00 p.m. At the time, we proceeded to the cellar. The guests were being served dinner and the kitchen was a madhouse. We could hear the diners talking

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THE SECRET OF THE GRAND HOTEL

(Part one of three)

TV INTERVIEWER: “I’m Trevor Tate your host with Channel 52, Detroit with a strange story from Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. The mysterious tale involves two young kids, ten and twelve years old, who stumbled on to a secret stairway in the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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THE STAR WAND

(Part two of two)

She started thinking about the mailman. He was always so cranky. He never said hello when Hannah would talk to him. Or if he said anything it was how bad the day was or how busy he was. “Here comes the mailman,” she said to herself as she looked out the window. She raced out the

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