One Out of Many

A long time ago, I was a mudlark.  After running away from the horrid orphanage, I found myself on the muddy shores of the Thames where I scavenged for things to sell.  Then, one day, I met a childless couple who wanted to adopt many children.  They ended up adopting one--me. 52 Words This was …

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Shaniqua’s Story

I used to be a prostitute.  And then, one night, I met a Catholic priest who changed my life forever. Father Ramirez didn't preach at me like most religious people do.  Instead, he asked me about myself and what got me into prostitution.  He sat and listened as I shared my story and not once …

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JT Returns

When JT got back to the plantation after being away for weeks, instead of going up to the house to see Clarissa and the children, he went to see Bill, his foreman to get a report on Sadie.  “Did anything happen while I was away?” he asked.  “Did any of the darkies get friendly with …

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Jane’s Story

He says he loves me.  He treats me well.  I can't tell anybody that he's been teaching me how to read and write.  Every night, he comes to my cabin and teaches me how to read from the Bible. He tells me, "God loves you just as much as He loves me.  Your color doesn't matter …

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Vaudeville Singer/Song-Writer

In 1896, Brooklyn born and famous vaudeville singer, Maude Nugent, composed and wrote the lyrics to Sweet Rosie O'Grady which became one of the most popular waltz standards of its time.  Tin Pan Alley publisher Joseph W. Stern & Co rejected the song when she first tried to sell it to them, but they changed …

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No Sale

  “Mother, you can’t be serious,” Matt exclaimed. “I’m dead serious, Matt.  I’m going to sell the house.  It’s too big for me.  All of you kids have moved out and have your own families.  I’m going into a retirement home so it doesn’t make any sense for me to keep the house.  I’ve gotten …

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The Forced Sale

"You sold your land to Marjorie Reynolds?  Why would you do something so stupid?" "I was planning to sell it anyway," he lied.  "I don't want to be tied down anymore." "You could have sold it to anyone but her." "She offered me cash." "What's she got over you, Wade?" Wade turned away to hide …

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Making Plans

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit,” whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? It is just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead you …

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Riches

She was rich and successful She had everything she Wanted and more… Life was exciting Full of events, parties, charities Money was never an issue She could buy whatever she wanted fly off to any part of the world. She had been in and out of Relationships. This new one seemed promising He was as …

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A Sewing Machine

And let your widows trust in Me - Jeremiah 49:11b I had an aunt who used to sew on the side and a co-worker who sews her own tops and dresses. My mother had a sewing machine but I don't remember seeing her use it.  Growing up it never occurred to me to learn how to sew.  I …

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