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On the Banks of the River Avon

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in Christian Life, Devotions, The Anglo Files | 0 comments

Have you ever felt like everyone was looking at you, and you didn’t know why? That’s what happened to Coy and me in Stratford-upon-Avon. Every day while we were there, we found ourselves stopping along the River Avon at a spot directly across from Holy Trinity Church. If you didn’t know, Holy Trinity was William Shakespeare’s church, but the church was old even before Shakespeare attended. The building was built in 1210, but there are records of a church at that site, going back to 845 AD! Incredible! From the river, the view was perfect, and the first few days of our stay it was quiet and peaceful. Things changed on the weekend when a carnival came to town and set-up in the public grounds behind us. The carnival music did drown out the birdsong, but it was still...

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Describe Successful

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in History, The Anglo Files | 1 comment

Listening to politicians it can be difficult to discern between opponents. Both sides often claim to want the exact same outcome, and to only disagree on how to get there. I Have My Doubts. Yes, every American politician would claim to want a peaceful, prosperous America, but if you ask them to define their view of peaceful and prosperous you might be surprised. Recently I read Jeff Shaara’s Rise to Rebellion (highly recommended) and one scene involving Benjamin Franklin in Ireland led me to research further. No surprise, I found Mr. Shaara’s account to be very accurate. In the early 1770s most colonists were loyal to their King and their country. They considered themselves British and trusted that the King and Parliament were trying to secure for them all the blessings of prosperity and freedom that the other British subjects...

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House Hunting

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in The Anglo Files | 1 comment

I love to look at houses – just not new ones. Looking at pristine, staged homes reminds me of the day I spent in a hotel room with my kids, subjected to hours of the Disney channel. Yes, those adolescent actresses are just as cute as can be, but they aren’t very interesting. They need more years hung on them before they have any character. What’s a few dents and dings if the structure has stood the test of time? (Or that’s what I keep telling my husband.) It’s the same with houses. While perusing real estate websites I often wander to the international pages and find buildings with a past – structures that had character before our continent had horses. One trend that interests me is the converting of old churches into residences. In Europe, these gorgeous vacant...

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