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Older-Teens

A group of 1960's teens hang out together.

Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads: Remember church youth group?

Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads novel is also possibly the greatest name for a church youth groups I’ve ever heard. This is a subculture this man knows about. How many of us were a part of one, at least briefly? I remember it as being just as weird as author Franzen describes it, for just as many …

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“The Secret Life of Groceries”: Is it possible to eat well and trade fairly?

Does “Shopping Carefully” do any good? Many people are aware of abuses in the American food chain and do what they can to spend their money for “good”. Some opt out of eating certain foods altogether, and some pay a premium for foods they believe are ethically produced. The problem is that government agencies are …

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“Little House on the Prairie” Part 1: Does Fraser’s “Prairie Fires” burn Wilder’s “Little House”?

Why I Read Prairie Fires  This summer my adult daughter decided to finally read the Little House books.  I read Little House in the Big Woods with her when she was little, but then for some reason, she never read the rest.  She found that the T.V. series is on IMBD, so we also starting …

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“American Jezebel”: Females of the United States, Making Trouble Since 1630 (at least).

Why I read American Jezebel Buy on Amazon   American Jezebel is the story of Anne Hutchinson, one of the first groups of immigrants from England to Boston in the 1600’s. She was notorious for forming her own group of followers within the larger community and eventually getting herself, and her family, kicked out of …

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