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Get Your Child Excited About School: Read This!

August 27, 2019

As children are heading back to school, I thought it would be fun for them to read this excerpt from Honed Virtue. “Danny was eager to start school. He loved learning, and he was told that trained teachers would be there to enrich the children’s minds. He envisioned five or six hours a day of magical … Continue reading Get Your Child Excited About School: Read This!

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Small Gestures Go Very Far…

August 20, 2019

Mr. Schmidt is a special character in Honed Virtue – he was a man of great kindness, and one who was on the brink of losing everything when the Watanabe family came into his life. Mr. Schmidt shares his whole story in chapter eight, which sets an important backdrop for the important role the Watanabe’s … Continue reading Small Gestures Go Very Far…

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When Back-To-School Shopping, Keep This In Mind…

August 07, 2019

  As the time approaches for children to go back to school, I thought it might be fun to share some things about what it was like for children in the 1920s to go back to school. Things were very different then. Now, a lot of kids expect new shoes, new clothes, a new backpack, … Continue reading When Back-To-School Shopping, Keep This In Mind…

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“Honed Virtue caught my interest right from the start. I loved the interaction… Back in the 1930s, things were tough and kids had to grow up fast. The closeness of the two families was very natural and ethnic backgrounds did not matter. They learned from each other. We should have more of that in this day and age… …very entertaining and kept my Interest… enticed me to want to read the next book to find out what will happen… Two thumbs. It was refreshing and delightful.”

-Barbara Kaufhold Licensed Massage Therapist

5 Stars - Wonderful Insight into Growing Up During The Great Depression. I so enjoyed this book! The story of this young man growing up in rural Oregon during the Great Depression was absolutely spot-on. It echoed my family’s oral tradition as well as stories from my own youth.The story is so well told that I became totally invested in it by the end of the first chapter. It was such a page-turner that I made myself take breaks so that I could savor the story. I can’t wait to read the rest of this young man’s story along with Ito and his other friends. The next book in the series can’t come quickly enough for me. This author’s writing style is very easy to absorb. His segues into the background of the other characters feels seamless. The characters, their emotions and their conversations ring absolutely correct. This book will be in my permanent ‘Keepers’ collection. I will be reading all of this author’s work.”

-Janet R. Graham Water Quality Control Analyst