Author Archives: Effie-Alean Gross

F.D.R.: TWO DAYS BEFORE HE DIED

Going through my late Grandmother Smith’s well-worn, 1926 Bible, I found a newspaper clipping. Here is the story. “Meditation by F.D.R. on Hill Before Death” “ATLANTA, GA. (U.P.) – “Two days before he died Thursday, President Roosevelt went alone to … Continue reading

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THE WALTONS

  For nine seasons beginning in 1971, “The Waltons” family television series brought wholesome entertainment into living rooms across the nation. During WWII, struggles turned into opportunities to show love for the children, mother, father, grandparents and neighbors. Those were … Continue reading

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PRAYER WORKS

Three prayers, three answers, by the three-in-one God. First, when I was about three or four years old, I lived on the south side of Des Moines with my four siblings. They didn’t, but I contracted polio. My cousin lived … Continue reading

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Profanity Insanity

Do you have a pet word or phrase when you hit your thumb with the hammer? My sister-in-law, Gloria, used to say, “Oh, fudge.” I admit that I usually say, “Darn it!” Today, a large number of people, even minors, … Continue reading

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THANK YOU, GOD

THANKSGIVING is a time for “giving thanks,” so that’s what I’ll do. Actually, I’m sharing with you my Personal Letter #100 that I wrote to God on March 13, 2018. It reads in part: Dear GOD,   “Besides physical life, … Continue reading

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SISTERS IN SIN

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SISTERS IN SIN

I find it rather cute that Mynita and I go many places together and are called, “The Sisters.” We’ve been close forever. (Note:  Mynita took back her last name “Anderson,” and I’m blonde now. We’ve each lost 30 pounds!) Mynita … Continue reading

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GRANDMA’S HAIR

One of my favorite short stories is “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published by the Saturday Evening Post in 1920. My mother was 10 at that time, and I’m not sure if she ever got a flapper hairstyle. … Continue reading

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ROYALTY NO LESS

Coffee or tea? That was a familiar question when flying on most airlines 50 years ago. Today’s options are numerous, and some come with a price. For years, I gave up coffee altogether and opted only for tea. These days, … Continue reading

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Rescue Babies/The Moses Project

After watching a news story featuring Virginia’ s Governor Ralph Northam, I knew one thing for sure: America (that’s us, folks) needs to deliver a downright overdue refusal. Continue reading

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