Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. On January 16 we honor this man who is best known for securing progress on civil rights in the United States and around the world. He is remembered as a non-violent advocate of equality for all men and women.

Dr. King‘s “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. He was a ray of light and hope at a troubled time in our history. It is important that we honor him with a national holiday, but perhaps he would rather want us remember him by remembering and living his dream!

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Martha Washington, a Lady of Culture and Domestic Skill

An 1878 portrait by Eliphalet Frazer Andrews.

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On this Presidents Day week-end, we take a look back at history. . .

When George Washington took his oath of office in New York City on April 30, 1789, and assumed his new duties as President of the United States, his wife, Martha Washington, remained at home and wouldn’t join him until mid-May.  She watched her husband of 30 years depart with a mixture of bittersweet feelings, wondering “when or whether he will ever come home again.”  He was obeying his call to duty but had little hope of reaching the expectations of this high office. It was a difficult time in our country’s history.

In one of her later letters to a niece, she confided that she did not entirely enjoy her role as First Lady. She wrote that “many younger and gayer women would be extremely pleased” to be in her place; she would “much rather be at home.”

We wonder how many other First Ladies have said the same. . .

From the day she married President Washington in 1759, it is written that Mrs. Washington’s greatest concern was the comfort and happiness of her husband and her children. Coming from a cultivated Virginia society, she had much experience in making her guests feel welcome and put strangers at ease. However, she described herself as an “old-fashioned Virginia house-keeper”, a modest reference to her domestic skill.

In 1797, they said good-bye to public life and returned to their beloved Mount Vernon. George Washington died in 1799 and Martha died on May 22, 1802 at the age of 71.

Remembering our past, looking toward our future,

Lee Jackson, CFCS

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The Cat Family’s Christmas


Cats have traditionally been featured on Christmas cards, decorations, and ornaments. This children’s story book, The Littlest Christmas Kitten, reveals the legend of the Christmas Cats and why they have been part of this holiday for centuries. It will inspire everyone to take another look at the story of the First Christmas and the rich history of the cat family.

In this story Mother Cat searches frantically for her kitten. Scampering to hide from two travelers entering the stable, she jumps into a manger. There she discovers her sleeping kitten. This same manger will later become the bed for Baby Jesus.

The night’s events leave a lasting effect on all the animals, especially the cats.

To order this heartwarming story that children will want read over and over again, go to ChristmasKittenBook.

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Inauguration Day Excitement

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This is a week to remember and to celebrate. I wish I were in Washington D.C. right now joining the thousands of people who are celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and joining in the festivities of Inauguration Day.

We Americans, and perhaps the whole world, have great expectations of our new President-elect Barack Obama. Our wishes and prayers go out to him to guide and direct his actions for the good of our country.

I can’t be at the Inauguration, but I will certainly want to watch as much as I can on TV. I will also want to prepare something special for this day. Cooking is what makes me happy. Therefore, I will make something chocolate.

Oozing Little Chocolate Cakes

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter
1 1/3 cups (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
5 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
4 teaspoons flour (note, this is teaspoons)

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line 8 cups of the larger-size muffin pan with larger size paper liners. (If the liners have aluminum foil, remove the foil). Spray liners with vegetable oil.

Melt butter and chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Take care that water does not splash out as it begins to heat. Stir the chips and butter until they melt and are nice and smooth. Set bowl aside to cool slightly.

Using an electric beater, beat eggs, sugar and salt in another medium bowl. Beat until sugar is dissolved. Slowly add this mixture and then the flour into melted chocolate. Stir until well combined.

Pour batter into the lined and sprayed muffin cups. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until cakes are puffed but centers will not be completely set. Let set for about 5 minuts. Then carefully lift out and set on dessert plates.

Viola! You have a scrumptious looking dessert that tastes amazing.

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