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Lost love... Traitorous plots... Fulfilled promises... Alice Wykeham waits ten years for Malcolm Gray to return from the sea, but then her father arranges her marriage to an elderly Lord. Malcolm, shipwrecked, injured, and with changed appearance, returns too late to claim his love. He settles in Hull to be near Alice without her knowledge. When Alice's sister Mary falls for his unsuitable employee, matters become complicated. Alice soon discovers her husband Lord Talbot's involvement in a plan against the king and the use of her dowry for the cause. How will Mary's situation and the Gunpowder Plot affect Alice and the only man she will ever love?
SOME THINGS YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN
By Linda Swift
It has been said "The better part of valor is silence" and I recall times in my life where this was definitely true. One situation that comes to mind is a holiday when my son and I were Christmas shopping. We had a Boston Terrier who loved to gnaw on things and play tug-of-war with a heavy sock. This was in the days before dogs had tooth brushes and their own toy departments. At least, no dogs at our income level. We headed to Finkel's Fair Trade Store where bargains were to be had. We asked a nice clerk to direct us to heavy cotton sox and he led the way to a table filled with an assortment of them.
"What size do you need?" he asked.
"It doesn't matter, they're for our dog." I said in a distracted tone as I was already riffling through the sox, looking for the heaviest ones. "Here, these will do."
I gave him a pair and he hesitated. "Won't you need two pairs?"
"No." I shook my head and asked where to find children's leather shoes.
As we examined a rack of small shoes, my son and I discussed the merits of them and checked the price tags. Finally, I shook my head. "I just can't justify paying this much for a pair of shoes for a dog when there are children who have none."
My son reluctantly agreed and asked the clerk if they sold tennis balls. "For your dog?" he asked.
We both answered “Yes.”
He shook his head and recommended a sporting goods store across the street. So we paid for the sox and left with our small purchase.
As we waited for the traffic to clear, I glanced back at the store we'd left and saw that the clerk had followed us to the door and was looking at us with a puzzled frown. I imagine he was trying to visualize our dog who walked upright wearing sox and shoes and sometimes played tennis. I considered going back and explaining but the traffic light changed and we had lots more shopping to do. Anyway, I reasoned that perhaps he needed something to relieve the boredom of his job that day.
As long as we are thinking of dogs, it seems appropriate to share a favorite family recipe of snack food that I make on special occasions. It is easy to prepare and stores well so it can be made ahead time. Caution: Store immediately to keep or you will have to make more.
Recipe: PEOPLE CHOW
1 6OZ. PKGE CHOCOLATE CHIPS (MELT)
1/2 CUP BUTTER (MELT)
1/2 CUP PEANUT BUTTER
1/2 TO 1 TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON
8 CUPS CHEERIOS
2 TO 3 CUPS SIFTED POWDER SUGAR
After mixture is ready, pour over cereal and stir until evenly coated. Pour confectioner's sugar into large paper bag. Add chocolate-coated cereal and shake gently to coat with sugar.
Spread on wax paper to cool completely. Store in airtight container.
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