Stories of Our Iron Butterflies

Books With Wings

By Ruth Anne Wood Do you love your local library? As an avid reader, independent book editor, publisher and former show host of “Live Your Peace” that featured close to 160 authors and storytellers, I love reading and hearing people’s stories. I feel so inspired I...

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An Extended Spring Break

By Dana Friend When people say that senior year goes by quickly, you might doubt them until you blink and suddenly realize that graduation is only hours away. All of these questions then swarm around you: “Wasn’t it the best year of high school?,” “Didn’t you have so...

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Fate Doubles Down

By Norma Alford I was recently asked how I had been doing since my last encounter with Fate. After quickly calculating that it had been two years since my essay on the subject, I explained that much had happened. Life started to gradually return to its normal...

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A Lifetime of Healing

by Shelley Anne Friend February 14, 1970, Valentine’s Day, was the worst day of my 14-year-old life. My father and I had driven from Beaumont, Texas, where we had recently moved, to be closer to a hospital for my mother, back to Liberty, Texas, where we lived most of...

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Grateful for God’s Blessings

Letter Written During the Flu Pandemic in 1918 – Part 2 “Grateful for God’s Blessings” By Mark Lehman Several weeks ago, the Shoebox Chronicles  (http://shoeboxchronicle.wordpress.com) published a 1919 letter written by my great Aunt Milly to her twin sister Martha...

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I’m Still Quarantining

https://youtu.be/VeDssvihmAM Interviewer: Tell me about yourself Lillian: My name is Lillian. I live in Fort Worth, Texas, and I am 9-years-old. I am in 3rd grade at Fort Worth Country Day. Interviewer: How long have you been in quarantine? Lillian: I have been in...

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My Butterfly Summer

By Nancy Amos I don’t think I ever really sat still—in the last 67 years. There were so many adventures if I would just get up and do them. And I so loved my job, my work—as I called it—that I would put in the long days and carry work at home for nighttime. I believed...

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Daily Quarantine Checklist

Daily Checklist Iron Butterflies Project This is a list of ideas to considering doing regularly while you are sheltering in place.  Many of these ideas came from your postings. Let us know how they work for you. Make your bed – check out Admiral Bill McRaven’s speech...

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Decorating for Me

by Verlie Edwards I love decorating my home – both inside and outside. I also enjoy sharing my decorations with friends and family. I especially find Easter decorations fun to display. However, I will be the only one enjoying many of my decorations on this first...

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Coronavirus Chaos: Let’s Fly Forward Together

Our hearts go out to all people affected by COVID-19. We send butterfly kisses to those who are diagnosed with the virus, their friends and family, and for all affected by the work and school closings and everyone affected by the economic impact of this crisis. People...

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I Can Drive Without Glasses!

By Verlie Edwards Everyone experiences milestones throughout their lives. My vision provided several of those milestones. I remember being fitted for my first pair of glasses in the sixth grade. Then, in junior high school I tried to wear contact lenses. It would be...

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Perfect Love

By Lucia Hur The story you are about to read is true.  I should know.  I am not only the author, but I am also the mother who has had to endure what no parent should ever have to endure: the report of your child being involved in a horrific car accident, which...

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Sisters by Choice: Bag Ladies

If we’re lucky, life introduces us to people who light us up inside when we see them, and who love us, just as we are. Luckier still are those who get the rare opportunity to spend unadulterated time with such friends in beautiful places. On the face of it, this...

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