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I wish Grandma Ruth could run the world

Thursday, January 28, 2010

“Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” – William Butler Yeats One of the greatest life lessons taught to me came on an ordinary day, delivered in a quiet way, and has stayed with me forever. I have passed it along to many others who now stand in the same shoes which I stood […]

Count your blessings even on worst days

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Be kind by living responsibly and doing right. — Anonymous   While at work Tuesday, I suddenly had a chill and an overwhelming feeling that something was not quite right. We had a bit of a break in the busy schedule and I asked my boss if I could step out to make a phone […]

This is the year of the fainting goat

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ringing in 2010 with our house filled with exuberant friends, I couldn’t help but feel joyous and hopeful about starting a whole new decade. I have read that 2010 is the year of the tiger in Chinese lore. Here on our farm, 2010 will likely be remembered as the year of the fainting goat. Each […]

There is joy in new beginnings

Thursday, December 31, 2009

There is joy in new beginnings, no matter how many new year celebrations we might have under our belt. This, for me, has been one of the most exhilarating and joyous years of my life. So many times, we cannot put our lives in perspective until we are allowed to view it all in retrospective. […]

Remembering Christmases of the past

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The chill in the air and the lightly falling snow outside my window is a wonderful backdrop to the wonder of the blessed holiday. There is no other time of year that is quite so wondrous, so magical, so worthy of our wonder. Christmas is the most important birthday celebration of all time. No matter […]

Living longer may require some green space

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A radio report caught my ear the other day and set me to thinking. A medical study conducted somewhere in Holland concluded that people who are surrounded by even a small patch of forest, lawns or parks are consistently healthier than those who have no green space surrounding their living environments. Well, I have a […]

It would be lovely to turn back time

Thursday, December 10, 2009

“I can’t imagine there has ever been a more gratifying time or place to be alive than America in the 1950s. No country had ever known such prosperity. When the war ended, the United States had $26 billion worth of factories that hadn’t existed before the war, $140 billion in savings and war bonds just […]

Good comes from difficult, trying times

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Some events in life are so incredible that they are emblazoned on the memory like a wonderful keepsake, no souvenirs required. We just recently celebrated such a milestone moment. We were invited to attend a surprise party in honor of Sean Casey’s major league baseball career, as he is stepping down from life as a […]

Dogs can make life less complicated

Thursday, November 26, 2009

“For the simple things, I am grateful. We complicate our lives to the point of total distraction from that which is most sacred, and that distraction keeps us from experiencing deep gratitude.” – Helen Hooven Santmyer When life gets a little too complicated, I like nothing more than to hang out with my dogs. Channing […]

Life puts us where we are supposed to be

Thursday, November 19, 2009

“The bright sun filtered through the clouds, warming the fields of alfalfa that my father was mowing. Within a day or two it would be put into bales of hay, gathered from the field, stored in the hay loft and used to feed our livestock. I stood at the fence line with the lunch my […]

Pause to honor, and thank, veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Every Veterans Day should be a massive event, a day of total reverence and celebration for those who have given so much for so many.

Time will forever bring change

Thursday, November 5, 2009

One of my very first columns written for Farm and Dairy centered around the topic of my excited impatience as I awaited the birth of my second baby. That baby girl just turned 21 a couple of days ago. I have come to realize that parenting is very much like living through the seasons. As […]

Autumn is a time for reflection

Thursday, October 29, 2009

“We worked in the woods for nearly 10 hours today, falling trees, sawing lumber. I could have worked 10 more. There is something invigorating about work in the deep forest, the type of work of which I never tire.” – Alexander Smalley diary entry, 1880 Autumn is the perfect time for reflection, for a walk […]

Lessons learned along life’s path

Thursday, October 22, 2009

“There is a little man in that child who has already stood his ground with the stubborn calves in the barn and the pigs in the feed lot, but there is also the heart of a saint, for he has learned to be patient and kind to those that others consider dumb animals.” – Sedonia […]

Fall’s backdrop makes all the farm chores worth doing

Thursday, October 15, 2009

“Throwing down hay from the highest point of the south mow, I was drawn to the west corner by the tiniest of sounds. Nestled in a tiny bowl of hay, I found a litter of colorful kittens. I watched them stretch and yawn and remember why it is worth the hard work of farming just […]

Family dairy farms struggle to hang on

Thursday, October 8, 2009

All my life, I have been certain of one thing. Dairy farmers are not paid nearly enough. Now, this has been true even when others who write about such things were saying that the industry was strong, the price better than it had been for years. I don’t care what the authors of such things […]

Amish sisters are sweet and innocent

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A knock came on my door as I worked in the kitchen one late afternoon this past week. I was startled because I had not heard a car come down our long lane. I was happily surprised to see that it was the oldest of the three sisters who walk through our farm on their […]

Enjoy the gifts of an early fall

Thursday, September 24, 2009

“I spent the afternoon astraddle the ridge of the new barn-loft roof laying down a ridgecap, a course of overlapping shingles that covers the seam where the shingles meet from each slanting roof face. It would have been difficult not to have been happy up there. The fall migration of monarch butterflies, stunning creatures of […]

Where has all the innocence gone?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

“If you’re in the wrong place, the right things don’t happen.” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1942 There are some things we are given absolutely no choice over in this life. We are born in to a certain place and time, we arrive with parents and family members already in place, and life begins for each […]

Spanky has stepped into leadership role

Thursday, September 3, 2009

“On the farm, I’d come to see that my animals managed to avoid, almost entirely by instinct, the dramas that humans create for themselves. I envied them.” – Jon Katz, Izzy & Lenore I once heard the comment that animals don’t have nearly the troubles that humans have, mostly because they cannot talk. Wow. Truer […]

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