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    The Bee Cottage Story

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    Inspired by Frances' House Beautiful column, what began as a decorating book evolved into a memoir with lots of beautiful photos and a compelling personal story. But don’t take our word for it, read more...

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    The Bee Cottage Story Gets First Official Review, a ”Barker,” and a Memorial Day Memento

    Sunday, May 24th, 2015

    The Bee Cottage Story first official review is in from Publishers Weekly (here), which is very official indeed.

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    “Lighthearted, likeable,” and “a good beach read,” they call it. I’ll take it!

    Here in full:

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    To “self-indulgent, frivolous,” I say right on. In this big bad ol’ scary world, we can use a little self-idulgent frivolity, don’t you think? It keeps us from going barking mad.

    Speaking of, heretofore I thought a “barker” was a frantic dog, but turns out it is Web-speak for a kind of banner. If you are under 92 years old, you probably knew that, but I did not. A barker might have a photo, say, like this,

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    with a headline, say, like this,
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    to appear on the website’s home page (click here), then lead you to the order page (click here).

    Not saying you have to, of course, but if you would like to have a personalized copy of The Bee Cottage Story when it comes out in July, it is right here at your fingertips. Or, if you’ve already ordered from elsewhere, you can request a personalized book plate to put in your book when it comes, by clicking here.

    You are a clicking whiz.

    Oh, and as this is Memorial Day, I will tell you that in the memoir part of the book, there is short chapter about my daddy. He was a career Army pilot who served both in Korea and in Vietnam.

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    He died in 2006, but his bravery and honor, and that of all daddies, mothers, sons, and daughters who went before and after him, and who serve us today, are remembered and revered. Thank you for your service. God bless you, and God bless America.

    Posted in Blog, Little Life Enhancers | 20 comments

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    Dear Mom, Thank you for not selling me to the gypsies.

    Saturday, May 9th, 2015
    Dear Mom, Thank you for not selling me to the gypsies.

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