April 18, 2012 - History being linear, “What if….?” is an unanswerable question—but always a fascinating one. What if George Washington had failed in New York in the early days of the American revolution and the rebellion had been crushed? What if Lee had heeded Longstreet, won Gettysburg, and then taken Washington, thus ending the Civil War and achieving Confederate independence? What if Charles Lindbergh had been the Republican candidate in 1940 and had defeated FDR? What if Bush vs. Gore had been decided differently in 2000?”
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I was metal detecting at Berkley Lake on March 18 and found a handmade button of brass, brushed gold and silver featuring a church in the center and outlined with the Sacred Heart and the fleur-de-lis. The button is dated 1879. After hours of research I have not been able to find any information about its history. If anybody knows about this button, please contact me at email@example.com.
My nun doll collection
I was totally delighted about the article on nun dolls (“Affordable nun dolls aim to build vocation awareness,” April 4, 2012, Denver Catholic Register). About 20-30 years ago I took a porcelain doll class and dressed my doll as a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. (Those I went to school under but also the Benedictines—one year—and the Sisters of St. Joseph.) I never got around to naming her but she got a blue ribbon at the Boulder County Fair. My husband calls her “Sister Mary Vanity,” since she still wears her blue ribbon.
My main joy, however, is a cabinet of collected nun dolls from 1-inch to about 10-inches tall. More than 100. Everyone enjoys them. I have a St. Rita (small) from the Vatican, two from Ireland, others from Massachusetts to California—and my confirmation statue of the Little Flower. Kudos to Suzanne Brakefield (creator of Saintly Sisters). I wish I had been so resourceful at a younger age.