Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Lincoln

Our Savior is Born

Christmas 2018

Celebrate 

I love Christmas music, Christmas decorations, family gatherings, the aroma of simmering wassail, and snow. While Christmas music and decorations occurring earlier each year cause some to cringe; it brings a holiday cheer to my senses and a smile to my face. I generally put up Christmas decorations the weekend following Thanksgiving and don’t take them down until well after Christmas. I’m perplexed at those who no longer turn on their Christmas lights on December 26th. Christmas season doesn’t end like the slamming of a door.

Christmas is the time of year when Christians celebrate… Continue reading

Gettysburg Address

The following is not mine. It’s an article written by a friend–Dr. Daniel Dreisbach. It’s brilliant.

It’s also available at http://www.libertylawsite.org/2013/11/19/the-sacred-sounds-of-lincolns-gettysburg-address/

The Sacred Sounds of Gettysburg

On the afternoon of November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief address at the dedication of a national cemetery on Gettysburg’s battlefield. The solemn ceremony took place four and a half months after Union forces turned back the army of the Confederate States on July 1-3 in the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War. The battle claimed the lives of nearly eight thousand soldiers. Lincoln’s carefully crafted address was barely 272 words… Continue reading

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