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Cowboy Paraphrase

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As It Might Have Happened in the Old West By Frank Ball For many families, reading the nativity story at Christmas is a family tradition. Here’s how it might be...

Charlie Brown

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In the 1960s, we loved the Peanuts characters. Charlie Brown had a memorable Christmas, Lucy played on Charlie’s baseball team, and Linus always had his blanket. As a pilot, Snoopy had numerous airfield battles with the Red Baron. But other important people have been named Charlie Brown.

Miss Muffet’s Surprise

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“Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider who sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away.”

The Finish Line

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Fables are told so often, I’m sure you’ve heard this story. But in the process of retelling it countless times, the details aren’t always the same. You may have heard...

Sam’s Dilemma

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Sam sat straight up in bed. What could the old man want at this time of night? Strange, but it was not the role of a servant to question his master when called.

Billy’s Christmas Story

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I dreaded going back to school after the holidays, because my friends would be talking about all the neat stuff they got.

Janet’s Christmas Story

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By Frank Ball I’ll never forget Christmas at Granny’s when I was twelve. At times, I want to forget, because that was the year the family was singing Christmas carols...

Peter’s Christmas Story

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By Frank Ball When I left Germany to live with an American family for a year, I thought I would learn about the American culture. I looked for places where...

The Christmas Story

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As It Might Have Happened in the Old West By Frank Ball Luke 2 1And it came to pass back in those days that a telegram was sent from President...

School Daze

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In 1949, fences were used to corral livestock, and we didn’t have any. We didn’t need a fence, because crossing the invisible line that marked the edge of our property...