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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 […]

No doubt the world is changing

Thursday, December 11, 2008

“I will be an American farmer. American agriculture is one of the few things that still makes me proud of this country. It has not been trivialized or forsaken. It has been assaulted, slightly corrupted surely, but it nonetheless remains unparalleled throughout the world.” — From The Road to My Farm by Nora Janssen Seton […]

A cheating Channing is still charming

Thursday, December 4, 2008

“Old Major completed his herding of the milk cows and somehow came to realize that he had two full hours until he was needed to drive the cattle back to the far pasture. Those two hours became the dog’s social time — we later learned that he visited a neighbor, stopped by the village bakery, […]

Departed loved ones are still in our hearts

Thursday, November 27, 2008

“Much to be thankful for, much to ponder which has passed away, much to contemplate which is yet to come.” — Silas Smith, 1918 Thanksgiving has arrived once again, and as we celebrate our prosperity, this is a day which gives us reason to contemplate the changes in our lives as the years roll by. […]

Now is the time for contemplation

Thursday, November 20, 2008

“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln It looks as though our glorious Indian summer is over for another year, as harsh winds carry blowing snow outside my window. I find myself dreading winter more than I have in a […]

It’s a relief hard-fought election is over

Thursday, November 13, 2008

For those who are relieved this presidential election is over, I write this column. President-elect Barack Obama was born the year John F. Kennedy gave his inaugural address. In Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope —Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, he quotes from Kennedy’s inaugural address: “To those peoples in the huts and villages […]

Harvest is work for some, play for others

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

This season brings lots of work, though the work is tempered with the accomplishment of a year of planning and labor. As a kid, we saw the fun rather than the work at harvest time. While other kids were happily busy with raking leaves just to jump in to them, my sisters and I had […]

So lucky to be Caroline’s mom

Thursday, October 30, 2008

“The best way to keep children at home is to make home a pleasant atmosphere — and to let the air out of the tires.” — Dorothy Parker Among some of my earliest Farm and Dairy columns was a piece in which I talked about my impatience while awaiting the birth of my second baby. […]

It was a dirty job, but we had to do it

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Listening to politicians discuss our energy challenges in this country, coal as a power source comes up again and again. It makes me feel rather old, as though I have come full circle in this lifetime. And then I hear the term ‘clean coal’ and I realize we really have come a long way to […]


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