This coming week we will celebrate again the birth of our country.
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We were traveling through the hinterlands of the Shenandoah Valley last weekend. I was trying to keep my personal group of pilgrims guessing where they would be going next. We had spent two days learning how the other half lives at The Greenbrier — a resort near White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
“Jefferson’s Daughters” by Catherine Kerrison, Ballantine Books $28, 448 pages
When young Thomas Jefferson married the widow Martha Wayles Skelton, their first nights were spent inside a promise: Monticello, on the grounds he’d received from his father, was only partially completed. Martha Jefferson would spend just “a little over half of her married life” and much heartbreak there.
Rev. John Pearrell
If you Google the term Christian you will get “about 1, 370,000,000” results. Granted, some of those are anything with “Christian” in the name, but still, there are a lot of different ideas about what is Christian and what is not; which is why you can have people who claim to be Christians on opposite ends of any issue.
Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick Henry and George Mason.