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“The bill for establishing religious freedom, the principles of which had, to a certain degree, been enacted before, I had drawn in all the latitude of reason & right. It still met with opposition; but, with some mutilations in the preamble, it was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that it's protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word "Jesus Christ," so that it should read "a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion." The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of it's protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination.” ― Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
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I'm a Cowl-Knittin' Fool
And I'm having a great time doing it. A couple weeks ago I posted pictures of some cowls I made and I just keep cranking out more--I can't seem to help myself. What makes these cowls interesting to work on is the yarn. All of the projects in this post are k...
And I'm having a great time doing it. A couple weeks ago I posted pictures of some cowls I made and I just keep cranking out more--I can't seem to help myself. What makes these cowls interesting to work on is the yarn. All of the projects in this post are knit with Lion Brand yarns and all are ...
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Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing it.
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Just beautiful! I'm so proud to say you are my cousin!!!
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The Creativity and Messiness Connection
Albert Einstein is alleged to have
said, “If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is
an empty desk a sign of?” I don't know if he said it or not but his
desk was pretty cluttered and his mind was—well, anything I say
about Einstein's mind ...
Albert Einstein is alleged to have said, “If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is an empty desk a sign of?” I don't know if he said it or not but his desk was pretty cluttered and his mind was—well, anything I say about Einstein's mind would be laughable.
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Doing Research: Mail Oder Brides & Arranged Marriages
One of the stories in my new series of
Marienstadt tales concerns a mid-19 th century marriage
between a successful 30-something businessman in America and a
pregnant and disgraced 15 year old from “the Old Country”—Ireland.
In the story, Paddy came from Ir...
One of the stories in my new series of Marienstadt tales concerns a mid-19 th century marriage between a successful 30-something businessman in America and a pregnant and disgraced 15 year old from “the Old Country”—Ireland. In the story, Paddy came from Ireland as a teenager to work on the ...
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This morning on the Best Selling Reads blog I wrote about the methods I use and references I find valuable for creating a sense of time in my writing. As someone who reads all sorts of books—there is no particular genre I find all that compelling—I sometimes come across a story that purports to ...
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Housebound and Crazy!
The past five weeks have been
absolutely maddening thanks to the relentless snow. Because I live on
a narrow, in-town street in Gloucester, we have to get our cars off
the street when it snows and I have been parking at a friend's house
because she has a la...
The past five weeks have been absolutely maddening thanks to the relentless snow. Because I live on a narrow, in-town street in Gloucester, we have to get our cars off the street when it snows and I have been parking at a friend's house because she has a large driveway.
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Another Cowl: Super Soft, Super Fast, Super Lovely
I am going cowl-crazy these days-- I made this from 1 skein of Lion Brand Hometown yarn in a color called Seattle Sea Mist.  I just happened to have a Czech Glass button in my button box that was an exact match. Cast on 24 stitches (on size 10 needles). Row...
I am going cowl-crazy these days-- I made this from 1 skein of Lion Brand Hometown yarn in a color called Seattle Sea Mist. I just happened to have a Czech Glass button in my button box that was an exact match. Cast on 24 stitches (on size 10 needles). Row A. K3, ( P2,K2) 3x, P2, K3 ...
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Knitters Cannot Be Trusted
At least this knitter can't. This is in
reference to my on-going failure to thin my yarn stash. Several years
ago, when I wrote The Mermaid Shawl and other Beauties: Shawls,Cocoons, and Wraps,  (it has stayed on an Amazon Best Seller list for 5 straight yea...
At least this knitter can't. This is in reference to my on-going failure to thin my yarn stash. Several years ago, when I wrote The Mermaid Shawl and other Beauties: Shawls,Cocoons, and Wraps, (it has stayed on an Amazon Best Seller list for 5 straight years) I knit up a mountain of patterns to ...
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Tutorial: Selling eBooks Directly from Your Site or Blog
I have had a few requests to repeat this tutorial from April 2011. Here it is: Selling books for e-readers through Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, etc. is easier than ever but, with a little bit of work, you can also sell your eBooks directly from your own web si...
I have had a few requests to repeat this tutorial from April 2011. Here it is: Selling books for e-readers through Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, etc. is easier than ever but, with a little bit of work, you can also sell your eBooks directly from your own web site or blog. You can set your own price ...
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Warm Thoughts While Waiting for the Blizzard
I have been a very bad blogger lately,
mostly because I have been busy with other things—all writing
related, though, so I will not complain. According to the National
Weather Service we have a blizzard headed our way so, in a little
while, I will go out an...
I have been a very bad blogger lately, mostly because I have been busy with other things—all writing related, though, so I will not complain. According to the National Weather Service we have a blizzard headed our way so, in a little while, I will go out and do a few errands—stock up on any ...
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Kathleen Valentine was born and grew up in the Allegheny Highlands of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in The Arts and worked for over twenty years in the art/marketing departments of high-tech corporations. Since 2003 she has run her own design business, Valentine-Design.com. She is the author of "Fry Bacon. Add Onions", a cookbook/memoir of growing up Pennsylvania Dutch, as well as 4 novels, several novelettes and short story collections, and knitting instruction books. She has been listed as an Amazon Top 100 Author in Horror. Her novellas, "The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" and "Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter" were Amazon Top Ten Best Sellers in Horror and Ghost Stories for over 20 weeks. Her blog at KathleenValentine.com has been read by thousands of readers since its beginning in July 2005. She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport, and is writing every day.
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