Christy — by Catherine Marshall

This is one of my favorite books.  Perhaps you've read it.  Or maybe you're more familiar with the dramatic 1994 made-for-TV movie and TV series which followed.  Here's the basic story line as printed on the back cover of my copy of Christy ...   January 1912. A train winds through the snowy vastness of the Smokies, carrying young Christy Huddleston toward a new life in the mountain hamlet of Cutter Gap.  There, as the teacher at a mission school, she will come to know and care for the wild highland people with their fierce pride, terrible poverty, dark superstitions ... and desire for beauty and truth. In a culture with its own code of ethics, where moonshine is the economic backbone and blood feuds are a way of life, Christy's ... Keep Reading...

New Face in Blogland

One of the reasons I love to look at tablescapes in Blogland is that I enjoy seeing different interpretations of the same theme. For the past several weeks, most of us have done at least one Autumn-themed tablescape centered around leaves, warm colors, and cozy textures. Some of us, myself included, have done several -- and will do even more between now and Thanksgiving. My friend, Lisa, enjoys doing tablescapes, but she's never shared one in Blogland ... until today!  I invited her to show us what's on her table this week. (She's so organized she keeps one table "set" virtually all the time.) I've really enjoyed seeing the "pretties" she decorates with at this time of year -- and I think you will, too!  Be sure to notice ... Keep Reading...

A Piece of Home …

It was late at night when I found my inspiration. Do you see it sitting on the bookshelf "guarding" my wedding and etiquette books ... and old issues of Victoria magazine?   I think of this figurine as "Mom's doves" because when I was a young girl, my sister and brother and I bought one exactly like this for her for Mother's Day. Years later, Mother found the same figurine -- and bought three of them. She gave one to each of us children when we married. Sort of a "piece of home" that we took into our future ....   Saturday is Mom's birthday, and I'm using "her" dove figurine as the centerpiece of a special tablescape I'm doing just for her. (Come closer ... I'll let you peek.)   I chose Noritake's "Bluedawn" ... Keep Reading...