Beauty from the Inside Out

2 comments Posted on August 19, 2014

Carla Stewartby Carla Stewart

My friend Virginia recently turned ninety. She went back to college in her forties and published her first book at age eighty-seven. Her life has been anything but easy as she lived through the Great Depression and raised seven kids as a single mom. Giving up on life, though, was never an option for her. When circumstances came her way that would discourage most people, she saw them as opportunities. She doesn’t carry the weight of the world on her shoulders, but walks with head high, a lightness in her step.

Red HatHer beauty shows in the crinkled corners of her eyes when she smiles, in the warmth of her knobby hands when she takes mine in hers, and the way she reaches out to others with a kind word or a promise to say a prayer for them.

She radiates a loveliness that isn’t dependent on a designer wardrobe or having the features the world associates with beauty. She shines with her cheerful spirit and quiet example, and I love that.

The Hatmaker's HeartAward winning author Carla Stewart’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. Carla’s desire is to take readers to that familiar place in their hearts called “home.” Her four previous novels have won both local and national awards. The Hatmaker’s Heart  is her newest release. Learn more about Carla at

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  • 08/20/2014
    Nina Palmer said:

    Virginia Frantz was one of my favorite high school teachers and has remained my friend through the years. She is as you portrayed, a wonderful compassionate person and a great asset to our community!

  • 08/20/2014
    Rachel Sides said:

    Virginia also starred in Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl.


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