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Connection with Faith and Farming

January 23, 2023

If you farm, you have faith. We have faith that the rain will spill over from the clouds when it’s dry.  And understand Mother Nature is on her time, not our time. Faith. Farmers have faith that the baby calf is going to live.  Praying that the sparkle comes back to her eyes, her coat shines again, and she jumps up at feeding time.   If the calf takes…

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Livin’ Skinny

January 8, 2023

It feels like he just got home and is already returning to school.  Take good care of him this semester, Purdue!  We miss him when he leaves. I would love to say that the holidays treated us well this year, but the fact is that our family went from the flu to very bad colds over the course of the two weeks that encompassed Christmas and the new…

Perspective Travel

The cycle of life

October 3, 2022

It’s been a busy few days! It started with introducing Stephanie to the best donut in Rutland, Vermont.  We needed to be up there to support our friend and had a little time to burn up.  My brain went immediately to my stomach..and Jones’ Donuts.  If you like coconut, and frosting, on a donut, this is the one for you!  Don’t miss it if you are in the…

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The significance of a tree

September 7, 2022

The significance of a tree.  The big old pine has been with me my entire life.  It sits vigilantly by the old road, at the lake. The pine is not ancient in the way of trees. It’s a tall pine that managed to avoid the clutches of the hurricane back in 1938 when so many of the big pines got blown down and, as a result, still sit…

Lifestyle Perspective

Calling All Gnomes

August 21, 2022

It’s time for the fair! Once this hits your inbox, we will already be moving the cows in, shaking the flakes of hay out, and raking the alleyway for herdsmanship. Below is a piece I wrote years ago. It was prompted because one of the FFA leaders was looking for a garden gnome to complete their display at the fair.  The request gave me pause to think and recollect…

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A Trip to Iowa

May 22, 2022

Last week I took a trip to Iowa to visit the Iowa Soybean Association. I introduced them to the concept of finding the best donut in Des Moines (Bethany and Lydia were very good sports), and they introduced me to 2 of their farmers and Iowa soybeans. The trip was about overseas markets and the economic environment here.  We talked about fuel costs and fertilizer costs and the…

Lifestyle Perspective

Laughing in Church

May 1, 2022

Dear Readers, It’s been a busy week!  Lacrosse is in full swing, the leaves are about ready to burst out of their buds and I think, by the time you open this article on Monday morning, there will be lilacs ready to be picked.  I do love this time of year, it’s so fresh. What I wanted to share this week, is just a little piece of a…

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Why I hug…

April 24, 2022

On Tuesday, November 5, 1985, my life and the way I think of goodbye changed, forever. Over the last few weeks, I have watched close people in my life suffer through losing people close to them.   I have been affected. Loss is a trigger to reflect and go deep within yourself.  And even though it may not be your loss, you can’t help but be affected watching people…

Family Perspective

A Boy Mom’s “Prom”

April 10, 2022

On this morning after prom, I am here to say that I think it’s much easier to be the mother of a boy during these occasions. Not nearly as stressful as what it is on the girl side. Mothers of boys spend their “day of” cleaning vehicles, reminding their boys to wash behind their ears, and then attach the boutonnière to their lapel.  We give them a quick once…

Perspective Travel

Dear Delta,

March 27, 2022

Dear Delta, I just wanted to thank you for the mind-numbing experience you gave me during my flight last week. How thankful I was that you placed screens on the back of every seat. I was able to view 14 different things at once as I looked on either side and to the rows ahead of me.  Watching all of those different screens certainly helped to free my…