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Spring blooms overnight in Ohio

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Was it magic? Was it time-lapse photography? Was it a mirage? How is it that the thicket — my jungle to the west — was dark and bleak one day and by morning was swathed in a green veil? What spread the lawn with a duvet of purple violets and pushed smiling dandelions through sodden […]

Two poems for the spring season

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Safely tucked away in my wallet, the clipping is beginning to yellow but it only sees the light of day once in this mesmerizing season. And it has become a tradition for me to present it to you each April. If thou of fortune be bereft And in thy stone there be but left, Two […]

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet

Thursday, April 14, 2011

One by one, like falling stars, they blaze too swiftly across our lives, then disappear except for their forever aura that never fades. We know we are just borrowing them, that they will not always be with us except for that glow, but what a joy to hold the glow for just a minute. Apache, […]

This fickle season fools us every year

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring has been tip-toeing behind retreating winter for several weeks. Now the troops are ready to storm the ice castle and banish the foe for another year. We hope! But April can be a wicked child — like the old saying goes, “There was a little girl who had a little curl, right in the […]

I’m not back in the saddle again, but I’m back

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It would have been much more dramatic to have fallen while putting a horse over a four-foot fence. Instead, it was a humiliating fall from the edge of my very own bed.

At the Sound of the Tone, Please Don’t Forget Your Manners

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I’ll just bet that Alexander Graham Bell was a real peach of a guy. A sweetheart. I’m just sure he didn’t mean any harm. He could scarcely have known, back in 1876, that he was unleashing an instrument of mass destruction of good manners upon the masses. Fast As times have changed so too has […]

Mother’s column revives memories

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In a box on the bottom shelf of the pie safe are my mother’s columns for Farm and Dairy, dating back to 1952. She was old-fashioned and believed that “fool’s faces always appear in public places” so she used a pen name, Aunt Teek, since much of what she wrote until her passing in 1965 […]

Holiday memories are the best kind

Thursday, December 2, 2010

By now, your carcass soup — you do make carcass soup don’t you? — is waiting for the mashed potatoes or noodles or rice, however you prefer, and maybe this is the best part of Thanksgiving. No company, no fuss and so filling and hearty you don’t even need dessert. And speaking of Thanksgiving, I’ve […]

Deadlines always sneak up on you

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Deadlines are so hateful. They sneak up on you at the most inconvenient times. Like yesterday, I was regretfully pulling put my poor dead flowers and all of a sudden it hit me: I should have written my column two days ago! But between the beautiful weather, Veterans Day, getting storm windows up etc. etc., […]

Preparing meals back in the old days

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Once upon a time — all children’s stories began this way, in our childhood times my sister always labeled “in older days” — there were no McDonald’s, no Wendy’s, no Taco Bells or Burger Kings or even pizzas. Hard to believe, isn’t it, in these times of some kind of restaurant on every corner and […]


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