Current Books

The Legacy Letters

Legacy Letters

 Check out my chapter In Legacy Letters.

Available at https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Letters-Darlene-Franklin-ebook/dp/B01L2JAZZ2/

Blog Posts

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    from our home to yours. We all have special Christmas memories that we like to keep close to our hearts and to share with others. You’ll find this blog more visual than written. The Victorian Village at the top of this page was painted by our daughter Lisa before she passed in November 1997 at…

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  • Hero of the Prairies

    Hero of the Prairies

    In the late 1800’s, American-style windmills changed the prairies previously known as “the Great American Desert” into America’s breadbasket. Before windmills, water was scarce on the prairies where the rains were followed by droughts that dried up most of the surface water. Wooden windmills solved that problem as there was plenty of water beneath the…

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  • How About a Hot Bath?

    How About a Hot Bath?

    When you are tired from work, especially if your muscles are achy from physical labor, there’s nothing like a soak in a hot tub.

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  • The Beauty and Durability of Brick Streets

    The Beauty and Durability of Brick Streets

    Before the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most city streets were made of dirt and gravel. There was constantly dirt in the air and muddy streets could be impassable when it rained. According to Gavin Historical Bricks, Mordecai Levi is credited for building the first brick street. He provided the bricks and labor and…

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  • Sharing the Bread

    Sharing the Bread

    I don’t know how familiar you are with Sourdough Bread. It’s been around for a very long time. Although it can be made from a starter culture from someone else, it can also be made from scratch. It’s made with flour and water and is fed more flour and water each day. I’ve never made…

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  • Fun in Red River, NM

    Fun in Red River, NM

    My, I have been blessed! I spent last week in Red River, NM which is surrounded by beautiful mountains. There was quite a bit of snow on the taller ones. My daughter and family also stayed there in a separate condo. Our two youngest grandchildren were there, ages 9 and 7, and it was lots…

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  • Iris in Bloom

    Iris in Bloom

    The iris is a hardy plant that was easy for the pioneers to take West with them.

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  • Flour dresses and Daffodils

    Flour dresses and Daffodils

    March 31, 2023 I’m sorry to have missed a blog, but I had surgery and am just now feeling like writing. Have you heard of feed or flour sack dresses? In the late 19 century, flour and feed were packaged in colorful cotton sacks. There were different colors and different designs. Thrifty farmwives used the…

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