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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…

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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…

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Greetings from Sunny Florida

March 20, 2022

Sometimes you just have to take a break. And that is what we are doing. It’s amazing what sunshine and warm weather can do to the soul. I hope you are all enduring the last few days of winter, maybe some of you are doing a little sugaring??  The smell of dirt is in the air, the days are getting longer, and the sun is feeling warmer on…

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Moving Animals

March 6, 2022

Once a day, once a week, or once a month.  It’s an event to be marked, especially when performed with family members. Moving animals. Reading the moods ahead of time doesn’t seem to matter, as you know, dispositions are likely to change on a dime. It is nearly impossible to anticipate all of the loopholes that an animal or herd of animals will find.  Some days it’s like…

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In the crook of her neck…

January 16, 2022

(Written in 2018–the was a favorite) The sky was gray and heavy with snow.  Brimming over in the last hour, the flakes had begun to fall.  Darkness filled the sky early these days as we neared the Winter Solstice on the shortest day of the year. I slipped out of the house and headed for my favorite place, the barn.  Out of the corner of my eye, I…

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It’s time to rest

December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays!!!  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I am writing to you to wish you and your family a happy “holiday season.”   As much as it is fun, it is also full of stress.  🙂 Really, it wouldn’t be the holidays if it didn’t have its challenges. As I sit here on this 23rd day of December, an hour after my last Christmas present was purchased, I…

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A Tie-Stall Barn at Night

December 5, 2021

Editor choice…from the past. A few weeks ago, the kids and I were driving home when we passed by an old abandoned dairy barn that was clearly a showstopper back in the day. You know the type I am talking about. Red barn, small square, white trimmed windows, and a milk house attached on the front with a neatly painted white door. I sighed and said something to…

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Tractor Parade Central!

November 21, 2021

Finally! After taking a year hiatus due to Covid, the area’s largest Tractor Parade, coming from downtown Greenwich, took place Saturday night, and I daresay it was the best tractor parade yet! The floats just keep getting better and better. Even Barbie made an appearance in a fancy pink tractor–she is quite a farmer! But beyond that, it’s a great night of the year to live in the…

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Feeling alive when the days get shorter

November 14, 2021

I choose to go to the mountain..even in the rain. Equinox is my mountain for feeling alive when things get dark in the fall. It seems to be where I go when I am working through some things and need to get charged back up.  The trail that climbs to the top usually reflects the struggle that I might be fighting through inside.  Steadily steep, there are no…

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Being From New England

October 31, 2021

Every fall nostalgia kicks in.  Maybe it’s the natural ebb and flow of life, things start to die back this time of year and bodies go into hibernation.  For whatever reason though, I pull back the cobwebs that have been in the back of my mind, and in the cleaning process, it triggers this sense of needing to feel close to my roots, my home, and where I…