The Original Double Cousins

Double Cousins Mysteries

When I chose the name for my book I had no idea that the term “Double Cousins” would be such a difficult concept for people. It was not difficult for me. In fact, it seemed rather normal. I guess not every family has the history that mine does.

Let me explain.

In 1929 my Grandma’s sister, Florence Trunnell married Ervin Jones. Shortly thereafter, my Grandma went to visit her sister and new brother-in-law and Ervin’s brother George was there. Evidently they noticed each other. In fact, they were married in 1930, after Grandma turned eighteen.
These events inevitably connected these two families—not once—but twice for all time. Ervin and Florence were married more than fifty years and Grandpa and Grandma Jones (George and Mildred) were married 67 years.There were eight children born out of these two marriages and they are double cousins. 
Through the past 71 years these two families…

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We Have Moved!

If you follow this blog you will need this information!

This blog is now a part of http://www.miriamjonesbradley.com and all blog posts will be found there. You can sign up on the website for automatic notifications of the blog post!

Hope to see you there!

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Super Bowl and Super Deal! – Book Give Away

I was asked today which team I was rooting for. I asked who was playing. Yes. I did.

To be honest, I don’t pay much attention to sports. I enjoy watching a football game if I’m watching with a group. I usually root for the underdog.

Why? Because, I want people to win. I always feel bad for the loser. It’s as simple as that.

So, I have a deal for you! My new website at www.miriamjonesbradley launches tomorrow, February 3rd. I am delighted to share this beautiful new site with you. It is user-friendly, full of information, and you can order my books straight from the site–either via links to Amazon, or directly from me! You can also learn more about my speaking opportunities, and where I’m going to be.

“What’s the good deal,” you ask?

It’s a contest! You have the opportunity to win one of my newly released books! Below you will find the rules for entering. I hope you will visit and explore my new website and tell your friends and family to check it out too!

Miriam Jones Bradley Website Launch Official Book Giveaway Rules! 

Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure

I will give away five copies of my latest book, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure.

Entries will be collected from February 3 -11, 2014.

Winners will be announced on my blog post Thursday, February 13, 2014 and will have one week to notify me of their mailing address.

In order to enter you must:

  1. Sign up for blog posts on my website.
  2. ONE of these three: Comment on this blog post, Share this message – Enter to win multiple copies of @AuthorMiriam’s new release in the #doublecousins series at http://ow.ly/tcQnz on your twitter account, or Share this message – Enter to win multiple copies of Miriam Jones Bradley’s new release in the Double Cousins series at http://ow.ly/tcQnz on your Facebook page (tag Miriam Jones Bradley for verification).

Entries will only be accepted from United States due to shipping cost.

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On Snow and Mountain Living!

Today while sitting at my desk arranging book events and working on promotional materials I watched the snow fall gently from the sky. I love snow. It is my favorite part of living in the mountains.

snow out my window

I guess it comes from being raised in snow country, but there is something about the snow that makes me settle. It makes me want to curl up with a good book and sip on something hot. Of course, if the something hot is coffee the “settled” part fades quickly!

 

Since moving to the high mountains of North Carolina I’ve been surprised at how quickly they close school here. I’ve actually laughed because I thought they would have been “tougher.” But, then my husband reminded me of the mountain roads. Oh, yeah. . . those.

 

When we were looking for housing we had several things on our wish list. There was only one on the “must have” list. That was location, location, location! After spending some time driving from one rental house to another we came to the conclusion that we were unwilling to rent up a mountain or down a windy road. Therefore, we picked the house we picked. After all, if the lady of the house can’t leave the house because she is terrified of the road, it just won’t do!

 

So admittedly my view is skewed. The roads from my house to work and church are direct and plowed.

 

So, here’s the thing. I’m going to keep my eyes and ears open and learn more things about living in the mountains. Because, it may be true what my patient’s ask me (“You’ns aren’t from here, are ya?”), but I’m willing to learn what I need to know to belong. Cause I like it here. Snow and all. . .

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Winnie the Pooh Memories

“It just shows what can be done by taking a little trouble,” said Eeyore.

“Do you see, Pooh? Do you see, Piglet? Brains first and then Hard Work.”
Winnie the Pooh

 winnie the pooh book photo

I sit here at my desk with snow falling outside. My eyes are captured by the photo right in front of me. A photo of my oldest seven nieces and nephews—double cousins—some thirteen years ago. As I recall, it was a joint effort for my parents for a gift. My siblings provided the children, I paid for the photo!

 

The picture actually is sitting at the back of my desk, leaning against the wall as a reminder. There are now twelve nieces and nephews and this is a great frame. I need to get my best photo of all of them enlarged and put it in over this one. But how can I do that? How can I cover up those little faces? The memories?

 

After all, the three oldest are all “adults” now and the two youngest just shot their first deer. Yes, both of them. Yes, on the same day. Jon and David, born three days apart seem to do things together.

 

So, I sit here and soak in those little munchkin faces wishing desperately that for one afternoon they would be that age again, I would have a house in their town, and they would be spending the day with me. I know exactly what we would do.

 

We would pull out the couch bed where we would sprawl with blankets, popcorn, and hot chocolate. We would watch Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte’s Web –the original version—and, The Incredible Journey—or as they called it—Puppies and Sassy. That’s what we would do.

 

But time has moved on. We can’t go back.

 

So, I plan a trip home. A trip for the book launch of The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure. My nieces and nephews will be helping me plan and prepare for this launch.  They used to sit and listen to me read the latest rough draft chapter of my first book. Now they get to see the end result of their editorial help!

 

And somewhere in that trip—I’ve already alerted my sister—we must find time to sprawl around a living room and watch Winnie the Pooh. Yes, most of them still like it. I know this because the quote at the top of this post was placed on Facebook by one of them! Besides, the younger ones need the Aunt Miriam memory too, don’t they?

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“That’s A Positive”

If you know me at all, or have read any of my pieces you know that I love grandparents. I especially loved mine, but I’m not afraid to adopt some if the need or opportunity arises.

Now that mine are all in heaven I especially am thankful for some of those I have picked up along the way! One of those is Grammy Clark.

Grammy Clark is the grandmother of my best friend from college days. I first met her when I went home with Dana for spring break one year. Since that time—over twenty years ago now—I’ve had many more opportunities to spend time with Grammy. Every time I am amazed and inspired!

On one visit to Pennsylvania Dana and I went on a day trip with Grammy to tour the Crayola Factory where I got my first ever box of 64 crayons. A life-time dream come true! Other times, our visits involved an evening at Grammy’s playing Sorry. She is quite competitive!

Grammy is 96, almost 97 now. She is spunky and independent. I could tell you stories about those two characteristics but just let me offer these. It wasn’t too many years ago that she was up on her roof clearing the snow. After all, she still could! And my favorite. Not more than five years ago, maybe less she went on a tubing adventure in the river near where she lives. Yes, Grammy is spunky and independent.

Grammy is also a positive person. She raised a houseful of boys, some her own and some foster sons. She hasn’t always had an easy life, but she won’t let it get her down. That’s Grammy Clark for you.

So, when Dana sent me this photo of Grammy reading pieces from my book out loud to the family, and then called and told how Grammy Clark gave her “thanksgiving testimony” at their Christmas dinner and focused on the good parts by repeatedly saying, “That’s a positive!”, I knew I had to share this with all of you.

Grammy Clark corrected

Maybe we need to have the focus Grammy Clark has and look on the positives, not the negatives! I know I am. I’m going to start using her words more often and right out loud in front of God and everybody state, “that’s a positive” whenever I can!

I’m thankful for the grandparents God gave me! I’m thankful too for the extra ones he blessed me with. After all, that’s definitely a positive!

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Messiah – Forever and Ever!

Last night we went to hear Messiah sung by a community group in our small town. My mind flew back to the first time I ever remember hearing it.

 

I must have been about eight or nine. Two of the college girls from our church in Nebraska were attending Denver Baptist Bible College and were singing in the choir. I think one of them had a solo part. So, my parents and siblings and I drove the four hours from North Platte to Denver for the concert.

 

I remember a large choir, maybe 100 members! I remember a lot of beautiful music. Breathtaking.  I remember the feeling of awe when everyone stood up for the last number. Awe and relief that it was finally over. I was eight or nine, after all.

 

I’m not a big fan of opera. I’ve heard reports that my mother and Grandpa  McKnight used to listen to opera together on the radio when she was just a baby. I don’t get a lot from opera, especially the foreign language pieces. And, I’m sorry to admit most of the female voices are way too warbly for my ears to enjoy.

 

But the Messiah, that’s a different story. Now that I’m a little older, I have come to appreciate having a taste of the operatic sound. And then of course, there are the words.

 

Last night, there in that small-town church I listened as the small choir sang the familiar pieces. They weren’t professional vocalists. They weren’t opera stars. They were local business people, students, retirees, moms, and dads with one thing in common. They love music and they wanted to sing these pieces to the best of their ability, and I believe—to the glory of God.

 

As I listened to them sing, the words jumped out and grabbed me.

 

“For unto us a child is born.”

 

“Wonderful.”

 

“Counselor”

 

“The mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

 

“For, the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.”

 

“Forever, and ever.”

 

“Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Halle-lu-jah!”

 

I cried as I stood there and imagined all of us in heaven singing these words to our Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, and Prince of Peace. Forever. And ever. Hallelujah!

 

And this time, when it was over. . . I was sorry.

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