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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…

Travel

A ticket to the fair

August 28, 2022

Showing the cows, showing the pigs, showing the chickens. It’s volunteering to scoop ice cream at the 4-H milkshake booth, presenting art projects, and baking cakes. Bringing flower arrangements, quilts, and photography. All of it is a reason to go.   A reason to be a part of something bigger.  The county fair. It’s hot, sweaty, wet, chilly, and usually topped off with a torrential downpour. Blue ribbons,…

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…

Travel

Are you in a pickle?

August 7, 2022

I have been in a pickle this summer; Tyler Ziehm has been in a pickle too! My pickle:  Too much work and not enough people to complete it.   Juggling during the summer is hard.  The kids are home, and everyone seems to be out playing! Without me!  Yikes, not sure how I can get out of this one!  But I will 🙂 Tyler Ziehm has been an…

Travel

Summer Camp: A right of passage

July 17, 2022

It’s a right of passage… Going away to summer camp. This morning, Sam headed off to his first overnight camp, Camp Oswegatchie, New York’s summer FFA camp. I thought back to when I went to camp, all those years ago.  Camp Nellie Huckins, a girl scout camp in northern NH.  My cousin, Jess, and I went together. All winter long, we had looked forward to it.  Planning our…

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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…

Perspective

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…

Business

The Daily Dirt Campaign Launch

April 4, 2022

Dear Readers, I am excited, and nervous today. Today is the day. The day that we are launching our Daily Dirt campaign which will help to fund our newest endeavor, the Daily Dirt.   “Can you dig it?” The Daily Dirt “seed” was planted 7 years ago, in a humble office on the Main Street of Greenwich.  As an off-the-cuff comment, it came from Brittany about the need for…