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Short Story: Jane’s Christmas Shoes

Red Shoes and Christmas with Jane

Red heels and Jane. Photo: Helen Harrop, (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Flickr

Jane’s Christmas Shoes

Christmas time was coming soon. Jane was only seven years old, but she felt like a big girl. She stood in her mom’s red High heeled shoes that she found in the closet at home and walked around with them on her feet. She nearly tripped doing that last week, and her dad giggled along with her as he caught her in his arms.

“Your mom doesn’t even wear those Red shoes anymore,” he said to her, “so you can have them, Jane.”

How Jane loved those high heeled shoes. She wore them around the house, snuck them In her backpack to wear at school and even kept them under her blanket with her when she went to bed each night.

Then, last week, on the car ride home from school, Jane asked her mom why there was a lady walking on the sidewalk in Sandals.

“That’s silly, mom,” Jane said from the car’s backseat. “That woman doesn’t even know it’s winter and her feet will be cold. Why doesn’t she have proper warm shoes on like I do?”

Jane’s mom didn’t respond as she drove them home. Once back at their house, she took Jane to the couch and explained to her That the woman was homeless, which meant the woman didn’t have enough money to buy winter shoes.

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Book Review: Cross Claims by Rolly A. Chabot

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Cross Claims by Rolly A. Chabot.

Books, so many books! I love to read; how about you? The latest book review is for Cross Claims by Rolly A. Chabot. I have been fortunate enough to become friends with Rolly over the years and to witness his ability to write a novel after novel after… well, you get the point.

I recently reread Cross Claims so that it would be fresh in my mind to write a review of it. The main character is Conner Campbell, who is given the seemingly overwhelming task to mine a claim left for him by his Great Grandfather Jack in his will. One of the issues? Connor has never mined for gold before. Issue number two? The claim is located in far up north in the Yukon.

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Awards Time and Neat People


Real Neat Blog Award

Bring on the Award Show! Thanks, Jez!

Hello real neat people and welcome to the awards show! Hehe :)

I was pleased yesterday to follow-up on my blog comments. Thanks everyone, I love reading what you write to me! Included in the updates was a lovely note from blogger / poet / awesome Jez Farmer. I am honored to be the recipient of the Real Neat Blog Award, given to me from Jez! Thank you so much. Knowing that my blog is well received by this wonderful writer is humbling. You can find Jez at The Boy Poet.

The ‘rules’ of The Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards)

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)


I am going to use the same seven questions as Jez so my answers are here too:

  1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

Oh those Americans! They keep coming and bringing their smiles :) I appreciate all visits, of course!

  1. What is your favourite sport?

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