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By LuAnn Schindler

Original views on life from rural America


December 7, 2023

What is the best gift found around any Christmas tree?

According to syndicated columnist Burton Hillis, the answer is "a happy family all wrapped up in each other."

Friday, while sorting a few holiday items in the Sidebar, in preparation for a vendor show, I unfolded a quilted table runner and immediately was transported to my grandparents' home in Tilden.

The pink and black floral print, swatches patched together with coordinating colors, resembled a queen-size quilt and matching pillow cases my aunt Deanna gifted me at our family Christmas a quarter of a century ago.

This was when our Fie...

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