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Emily Brown was a unique individual

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In rare moments over the course of a lifetime, we cross paths on our journey with incredibly unique individuals. There are those who are blessed with a wonderful dose of grace, kindness, charm, humility. I was fortunate enough to have known one special lady who encompassed all of this and more. Hornet’s nest I was […]

An unwelcome guest on the farm

Thursday, February 12, 2009

“Winter in Missouri. The coyotes are singing almost every night now down in the hollow, the creek bed that runs below my southern boundary. Their song is a chorus of yips, yelps and barks that increases in intensity and number as more and more join in, until it climaxes in a series of howled wails. […]

Itching for spring, new baseball season

Thursday, February 5, 2009

“We weren’t really alone, of course. Each square mile of farmland, bordered on all sides by those perfectly straight Iowa roads, was called a section. In those days, most sections held four family-owned farms….there were 17 children in our section, so we had our own baseball game. Even if only four kids showed up, we […]

We all came together as Americans

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today’s problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we thought when we created them.” — Albert Einstein All my life, my friends and family have known each inaugural year they must figure on leaving me alone Jan. 20. If the press will bring it to me, I will absorb it. I have […]

Winter is made of sledding and smiles

Thursday, January 22, 2009

“At the heart of the meadow, the old watering hole froze over quite nicely. We used the horse-drawn sleigh to get there and before long, there we were, ice skating like old timers who skated every day. The chill was held at bay by our laughter and glee. There was no place else we would […]

This dog is too busy for wandering

Thursday, January 15, 2009

“One of my obsessive pursuits here at Bedlam Farm is observing the animals, watching the way the residents here change in relation to one another. The farm is a whole, a collection of its parts, and everything affects everything else. I no longer see this place in terms of sheep or dogs, donkeys, chickens, groundhogs […]

Cherish our oldest generation

Thursday, January 8, 2009

“When the strong storm winds blow, look to your elders. When pain and worry persist, it is good to have elderly friends. They have seen, and survived, the worst of times.” — James Waite, 1929 All of my life, I have found comfort in the company of the oldest generation. When my three older sisters […]

2009 resolution: Live, laugh and love

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I have always loved the holidays, enjoying the merriment of the magical, treasuring the family togetherness as we drift through the tail end of a year and prepare to welcome the new. Not this year But this year, for some reason, I have decided to say “Bah Humbug” to new year’s resolutions. It feels too […]

Enjoy the memories of Christmas past

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” As the years have rolled by, Christmas has taken on many different faces. Memories of Christmas Eve with my paternal grandfather and my dad’s sister are still so dear to my sisters and me. The lights on […]

Life just keeps on happening

Thursday, December 18, 2008

We’ve all heard the saying, “Life is what happens while we’re busy making plans.” Well, I am in the midst of living that truth at the moment. Friday evening I went over the dozens of things needing to be accomplished over the weekend. As I crawled in to bed, my mind kept darting about, trying […]

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