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Red, White and Blue Garden

Posted by Laura Knoerr on

Red, White and Blue Garden

My grandma loved decorating with flowers–indoors and out. As a member of the Madison, South Dakota Garden Club, she always had a magnificent flower garden. She created flower arrangements for weddings, made corsages and boutonnieres, and even dried flowers for artwork and greeting cards. One of her favorite color themes was red, white and blue. For three-season color around her flagpole, she would use bedding plants: red salvia or red geraniums, white  petunias or baby’s breath, and blue ageratum or lobelia. I love remembering her traditions, and will try a red, white and blue theme, myself, this season. I am...

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Honoring the Flag

Posted by Laura Knoerr on

Honoring the Flag

When I was born, my dad was serving with the army band stationed at UN Headquarters in Tokyo. (Until I was about five, I thought that this made me half Japanese.) The experience profoundly changed the life of that rural Illinois preacher’s kid. While overseas, he lived in Tokyo and Yokohama–two very large cities. He befriended a great number of Japanese people–the very people who were so despised in the U.S. at the time. He sang in the chorus for a Billy Graham Crusade in Tokyo. And, in a very moving ceremony, his unit played for the return of the...

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Moms and Graduations

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Moms and Graduations

It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May, when all the graduations begin blissfully mid-day! I recently attended the graduation of my ‘little’ red-headed niece who now stands at 5’10”. She studied at a conservative, midwestern Christian college and double majored in geology and archeology. What a smartie!  Before her commencement ceremony began, the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps.) graduates were commissioned in a separate ceremony. As we waited around outside for pre-ceremony picture taking, we watched as families took photos with the new officers, crisp and proper in their uniforms.  A little later, two future officers led the college...

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A New Constellation

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A New Constellation

When I was between 5th and 6th grade, the idea of Camelot captured my imagination. I read all the King Arthur stories I could get my hands on. At my instigation, we neighborhood kids played knights and princesses all summer. Our back porch with its stairs and commanding view of the side yard became our castle tower. The girls wore my mom’s old prom dresses and the boys made swords out of branches. But, something was missing... we needed a flag. I acquired some white fabric from my mom, and we embroidered camels on it. (Democracy won when it came...

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Of Statues and Fountains and America

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Of Statues and Fountains and America

There is nothing more delightful than sharing something you enjoy with someone else – especially when that someone else is your eight-year-old niece. Last Sunday, my niece and I had a little extra time to spend together. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for a trip to Greece. We settled on a trip to the garden store. Garden stores have some key advantages over museums: no sirens go off if you step too close or even onto an exhibit; you can talk as loud as you like; you can touch and smell almost anything you want; you can get your hands...

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