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A YES is a YES!

Dear Friends: When did the first human being become an active participant in the mystery and magic of the cycle of nature? Was it simply a matter of observation? Did we watch seedlings mature without our help and recognize the miracle? We know that the mysterious forces that give gifts of seed and plant, of earth and water, the cycles of the seasons and of the moon and sun gave way to ancient sacred stories — stories...

America The Beautiful!

Dear Friends:           Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America and commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Founded July 4th 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. America celebrates its 240th birthday this year (2016). The following brief story sums up the events that led to America’s independence from...

“Taxonomy” ~ The Science of Naming

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