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Betsy Franz
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Freelance writer, photographer and all around nature nerd
Freelance writer, photographer and all around nature nerd

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My husband and I used to collect rocks when we traveled to different places. When he passed away, I had a LOT of rocks. Most of them have been incorporated into my home and garden in different ways. This is a heart that I made. I used a wire heart shaped…
Rock solid love
Rock solid love
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I didn’t write this but I think it’s worth sharing.  How to Stay Young – Author Unknown* 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This  includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That  is why you pay ‘them.’ 2. Keep  only cheerful…
How To Stay Young
How To Stay Young
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Nature has always been a very important part of my life thanks, in part, to the influence of my own mother. My mother was an artist at heart. She loved to garden, paint and dabble in various forms of arts and crafts. When we were kids, she would take us…
My Own Mother Nature
My Own Mother Nature
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I don’t really remember how my  husband Tom and I got interested in orchids. Gardening was a hobby for both of us before we met.  He was more interested in growing plants for food, and had a large vegetable garden in his backyard. I was interested in…
Orchid from Heaven
Orchid from Heaven
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I love this and it very much echoes my own religious views. A few weeks ago, I asked people for recommendations for fiction authors. Someone suggested Nevada Barr. I couldn’t really get into any of her fiction books that I tried, but I did check out a…
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My Kind (of) America

Since I love being published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, I am on their email list to receive “Story Call Out” emails. These emails describe the future titles the publishers are working on to give writers the opportunity to submit stories that fit…
My Kind (of) America
My Kind (of) America
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I have always loved thrift stores and often buy something with the intention of turning it into something else. This cabinet was originally painted green and the front panels of the doors were solid wood.   I stripped it, stained it, removed the wood…
Upcycled wooden cabinet
Upcycled wooden cabinet
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This is my first attempt at gourd art. I bought dried gourds at a local gourd show and cut the top off and cleaned out the inside. Most of the materials used were items that my husband and I collected from our yard or different places that we traveled.…
Gourd Art
Gourd Art
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** I wrote this essay back in 1998 or 1999, but I think its a great reminder of how we can all play a part in whatever happens in our future. ……………………………………… I like to think of each person’s life as one bucket full of the huge sea of humanity. We each…
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