The Little Match Girl

This story is one I read in 6th grade. It profoundly moved me and I never forgot it. It is interesting to me that I found it here. Wishing you a happy New Year. Barbara

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At this time of year, I think of The Little Match Girl fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. “It was terribly cold. It had snowed that day and it was almost dark”, begins the story of The Little Match Girl who carried with her a little box of matches to sell, but no passerby had stopped to give her even a penny as she walked along, hoping for someone to buy her matches for a penny, but no one even glanced her way.

The Little Match Girl was so terribly cold and her thin little body ached with the cold. She had no coat or shoes. Her old hand-me-down sweater was soaked through from the snow that had fallen earlier in the day.  She shivered uncontrollably as the snow started falling again. She saw a place between two houses where she could sit down and look across the street.


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Croatia: Teasers, Tinsel and Tassels For Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Ina and to Croatia. I wish you the best. Hugs, Barbara

Croatia, the War, and the Future

President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Photo: www.predsjednica.hrPresident of Croatia
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Were I to put together Christmas messages and wishes from Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, from Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and from State Secretary head of government’s office for Croats living abroad Zvonko Milas, I would end up with a mangled and aloof heap of teasers, tinsels and tassels I couldn’t possibly reuse on next year’s Christmas tree. However, not all Christmas public mood was lost on teasers, tinsel and tassels – General Zeljko Glasnovic, Member of Croatian Parliament representing the diaspora or Croats living abroad did pass on a sobering, sensible and solemn Christmas message that suggests that he, at least, has ditched (or has not owned a pair ever) the rose-coloured glasses one often finds on Croatian politicians these days and replaced them with 20/20 vision.

The Year of Mercy that has recently ended gave us an incentive to provide lasting…

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Dakota Pipeline Water Protectors Arrested

3 People Arrested in Dakota Access Pipeline Stadium Protest


I am following up with news about the native people. A protest was conducted and three protesters were arrested. They are still in custody. The US Bank, according to protesters explained that US Bank made a large credit line available to Energy Transfer Partners. This is the company that is attempting to build the North Dakota Pipeline.


My personal opinion is that putting the banner up at the game was non-violent and creative. They are trying to call attention to the part US Bank is playing in this whole tragedy. I am still in support of the water protectors and the native people protesting to save their sacred land.


I will continue to bring you news of the native people as it develops. To me they are American heroes.

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