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A Constant Need of Improvement

A Constant Need of Improvement

As 2021 arrives, the entire world looks ahead with sincere hopes for better things to come. Amid it all, are we still worrying about New Year’s Resolutions? Roughly 45% of people make resolutions of one sort or another but only about 8% are successful in achieving...

A COVID Little Christmas

A COVID Little Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land, Hot water was running as people washed hands. Each facemask was hung on the top of a chair, With hopes it would dry in the warm evening air. “It’s Christmas,” folks chortled. “Yippee!” they declared. Yet...

Back in the Dark Ages

Back in the Dark Ages

Buying a new appliance is an important investment. Especially since there are so many choices these days. When I was a kid, back in the Dark Ages, we scrubbed clothes on a rock by the creek and stored our food in a subterranean pit—well, that’s a gross exaggeration,...

Missing In Action

Missing In Action

Foxtail billowed around my feet as I closed the metal gate once Dad drove through. He was checking the livestock, and though I should have been home writing, I’d gladly joined him. We crossed the field and came to a shuddering halt in some badger brush where the...

All Decked Out

All Decked Out

A chill is stealing through the poplars outside my window. It won’t be long before their leaves turn to shades of yellow and drop sadly to the ground. In truth, I suppose it’s me that’s sad they’re dropping, not the leaves. (I knew it was one of us.) Summer is quickly...

Smoked Salmon?

Smoked Salmon?

Pictures thanks to Unsplash “I can’t be late for my first day back to work!” I agonized last week, dragging a jacket over my shoulders and grabbing shoes as I dashed through the kitchen. I ripped open the fridge door and scanned the contents. What to take for lunch?...

Care to Dance?

Care to Dance?

With school starting soon, it got me thinking about one of the usual curriculum requirements for kids that likely won't be happening this year; namely the dance component. Part of the goal in this module is to help kids see the benefit of other forms of fitness, teach...

Where the Wild Things Go

Where the Wild Things Go

As people around the world stay indoors during this pandemic, wild animals have taken advantage of the peace and quiet. From gangs of turkeys roaming the empty streets of Baton Rouge, U.S.A., to feral Kashmiri mountain goats making their way through the Welsh town of...

Great, Just Great!

Great, Just Great!

Isn’t it great to get your hands back into the earth and start planting again? Whether you have fields, flower boxes or gardens to tend, it does a heart good to break into the rich brown soil after such a long winter. Of course, it’s not so great to get your hands...

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