Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thomas Jefferson's MONTICELLO

Gentle fresh air, birdsong and the green of spring welcomed us as my sister and I swung our car doors wide to begin our visit at Jefferson’s precious Monticello. No wonder he loved this haven, which still is unspoiled and tucked away from the world and strife. A place he and his lovely wife and family could enjoy and flourish. His love for studying new inventions and reading books thrilled my heart. In fact his, “I cannot live without books.” is the quote written on my new mouse pad. It is a worthy saying that I can relate to and appreciate all the days of my life!
We began our tour by watching the movie informing us about Jefferson’s life and facts about Monticello.
Then we climbed the steps to board the bus for the short drive to Monticello...


Our tour guide was patient, informative and quite interesting. He answered our questions and kept us moving along at a very pleasing pace.

   My very favorite rooms were the hall, the parlor, dining room and tea room. Monticello's cellar passage lead to a museum, which we enjoyed. What a wonderful step back into a time so different from our own. It was all glorious and well maintained. Truely lovely.
I had never considered what grief and troubles Jefferson and his family had suffered. Nor his intellegence and zest for life and inventions. Thomas Jefferson was not a perfect man, but he was an interesting one. He was inportant in the formation of the government that we enjoy now. The information provided via film and tour guide gripped my interest and altered my opinion of the Colonial era forever. I just about whistle when I think of how we almost missed this visit altogether.
Monticello was a stop off on our way to Williamsburg and not our main focus. I considered excluding this from my plans, but Terry and Cyndie Rhodes, friends of mine, urged me to include it in my agenda for studying Colonial times. If I had a choice of whether to visit again or not...I would and I'd include the visits to the gardens and the gravesites. I would linger longer and savor the peace and beauty of this wonderful piece of history preserved for our inspection.

 If your looking for a friendly, interesting and benificial place to visit I urge you to consider Monticello.  I think you will be glad that you did. I know we were!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Next meeting – New Info       Monday 6:30 p.m.  April 21st
2201 42ND Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43

This month’s teaching, “Your Writer’s Voice,” is taught by our very own Becky McLafferty. Becky writes at her blog. “Country Breezes” at and you can find her on FaceBook as Becky McLafferty. She is also Co-founder of Pens of Praise Christian Writer’s Group and she hosts the Country Memories Farm - Christian Writer’s Conference each year. Come and learn about this important topic…after all, no one can write like you can! Do you know what is unique about your writer’s voice?  The devotion will be given by our very own Debby Erdmann, who published the devotional called, “The Inside Scoop on God,” Not only can Debby provide a wonderful devotion, but she bakes as well. J She will bring treats to make a sweet meeting among writers--sweeter still!
The prompt is, “I couldn’t believe my eyes…”
Write poetry, short story, or memoire in any genre of your choice. You may share for around five minutes. Also, bring a page from your latest work in progress if you’d like some fresh ears and eyes for a gentle critique. We are a safe place to share, learn, and grow.
Let us know if you are attending, so that we will have a seat ready just for you! This allows us to set up enough seats before our meeting begins.
Visit a local coffee shop or bring some home brewed coffee or tea along with you.
Warning!!! You may end up LOVING to write!
God’s blessings upon you as you write for His glory!