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June Contest

I am having a giveaway June 12-19. Please like my author page on Facebook to enter. You can click on the link to the right of this article. Or you can click on this link to like my Facebook author page.

The prize for this contest is a copy of my book Lyza’s Story.

Seattle

Seattle has become one of my favorite places to visit. Lyza’s sister also falls in love with the rainforests, sea, and islands all around. I try to get there at least four times a year. Every time I go, the weather is sunny and glorious. This led me to the belief that there is a conspiracy. People living in Seattle don’t want us to move there. Thus all the rumors about bad weather.

If you get the chance to visit Seattle, this link provides helpful travel information.

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I am having a giveaway June 12-19. Please like my author page on Facebook to enter. You can click on the link to the right of this article.

Or you can click on this link to like my Facebook author page.

The winner will receive a copy of my book, Lyza’s Story.

The contest ends in two days.

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June Contest
I am having a giveaway June 12-19. Please like my author page on Facebook to enter. You can click on the link to the right of this article.
Or you can click on this link to like my Facebook author page.

The prize for this contest is a copy of my book Lyza’s Story.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam, city of tulips, windmills, and dikes held much more than I imagined. The highlight of my visit there was the Anne Frank House. What a courageous history marks the suffering Jewish population of this city. I felt such deep conviction for the outrageous treatment of this gentle family and so many others during Hitler’s reign.

That conviction is reflected in Lyza’s hatred of the people who killed her grandparents in a concentration camp. If you want to know how Lyza dealt with her deep emotions, you can learn more here.

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We attended a non-denominational church service in this amazing church built on a rock in Sedona, AZ.

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Perched high above the city, it affords spectacular views of the city and terrain surrounding it.

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Walking up the steep ramp is a religious experience in itself! If you get a chance you will want to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

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When you arrive at the top of the ramp you will be greeted by these smiling pansies!

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The first conception came to Marguerite Brunswig Staude in 1932 in New York City while observing the newly constructed Empire State Building. When viewed from a certain angle a cross seemed to impose itself through the very core of the structure. She wanted to build a structure that would glorify her Creator and in thanksgiving for all that her family had received. She traveled throughout Europe looking for the ideal location. She returned to the United States and while her and her husband Tony traveled through Sedona, she was struck by the beauty of the area and decided that this chapel should be built here. . “This would be a monument to faith, but a spiritual fortress so charged with God, that it spurs man’s spirit godward”. Click here for more information. Be sure to view the photo gallery.

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June Contest

I am having a giveaway June 12-19. Please like my author page on Facebook to enter. You can click on the link to the right of this article.

Or you can click on this link to like my Facebook author page.

 

The prize for this contest is a copy of my book Lyza’s Story.

 

Traveling from Sedona

 

 

Driving south from Sedona we took in the wild life.

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Lovely wild flowers and saguaro cactus made the drive interesting.

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I loved this picture with the three saguaro cactus.

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Native birds such as Gila woodpeckers, purple martins, house finches, and gilded flickers live inside holes in saguaros. Flickers excavate larger holes higher on the stem. The nest cavity is deep, the parents and young entirely hidden from view. The saguaro creates callus tissue on the wound. When the saguaro dies and its soft flesh rots, the callus remains behind as a so-called “saguaro boot,” which was used by natives for storage. Click here for more information on this fascinating cactus.

 

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Actual Dead Sea Scroll Fragments

            David and I have spent the better part of the last two weekends exploring an outstanding exhibit in Colorado Springs. I urge you to take the time to see these extraordinary rare Bibles and Biblical artifacts right here in Colorado. This tour is in Colorado for a limited time, as it is on its way to Washington DC where it will become a permanent historical site.

 

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Three items especially impressive to us are:

  1. Actual Dead Sea Scroll fragments including the section from Genesis. These are similar to what you would see in The Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem.
  2. The Lunar Bible. This microfiche Bible actually went to the surface of the moon. It is only one of twelve such Bibles in existence, thus underlining the rarity and value of many of the items in this exhibit.
    Can you guess how much it cost?
  3. Papyrus P39 – part of the Gospel of John from Africa written in the late 2nd century. This is proof that the Gospel did spread from Jerusalem, to Judea, and throughout the world. P39 is the earliest known example of page numbers.

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These are only three of hundreds of items. Go to Explore Passages for more information about the exhibit.

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Bluff Fort, Utah

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Bluff Fort, Utah was an interesting stop on a recent trip my husband and I took.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bluff Historic District is an area roughly bounded by Main Street/US 191, 2nd Street East, and the bluffs.  It contains buildings built from 1880 to the mid-1940′s, with the majority built between 1890 and 1905.  The district includes most of the original 1880 townsite, later Victorian homes, Bluff cemetery and the sandstone bluffs directly north of town which include natural features with cultural significance.

Also on the National Register of Historic Places is St Christopher’s Episcopal Mission, the nearby Sand Island Petroglyph Site, and  the Hole-in-the Rock Expedition Trail. Click here to read more.

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We really enjoyed our stop.

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