Are the Stars on the Homes and Barns of Kentucky, Masonic Symbols?

While traveling through Kentucky, I saw many five-pointed stars on homes and barns. There are a variety of answers to what these stars signify but the one I liked best was when my cousin said she thought they were the symbol for Texas, the Lone Star of Texas. But in Kentucky and in several other states as well? That five-pointed star is the Texas state emblem and also has a connection to the secret society group known as the Masons.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:
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Are Some Hippy Movements Amish Inspired?

Not the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll kind of hippies but the ones who extolled the virtues of living simply and during the 60’s and 70’s had both a back to the land and a Jesus Freak streak in them (don’t ask me how I know). Think about it. Thousands of young people fled metro areas for the country. They scorned materialism for the simple pleasures of milking their own goats, tending gardens, schooling their own children, often living with no electricity and without modern conveniences, growing beards and living in “distinction from the world around them”. Add to that peace and reconciliation instead of violence. Were we really just doing our own thing?

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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A Houses of Worship Vacation?

Throughout history, houses of worship provide many benefits for their communities. They also provide a treasure trove for genealogists. I find historical houses of worship so interesting, I could design a vacation around them. They leave clues in their architecture, their stained glass windows, their name, their cemeteries nearby, their location, their founders and the year erected. I found a beautiful antique Star of David, leaded glass, stained glass window, embedded in an old church with Gothic style windows. It was not a synagogue, it was a Catholic Church. I’ve also heard that there are tiny (microscopic) Stars of David etched into the stained glass of at least one of Spain’s historical Catholic Churches, a sort of rebellious graffiti from the artisans who professed to be New Christians but held fast to their Jewish traditions.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

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The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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