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Persimmons have long been associated with forecasting winter weather, but the facts and history associated with these fruits and the trees they grow on are as interesting as the folklore.Persimmon … more
Once upon a time not so many years ago people wrote letters to family and friends far away. Such was the case with me and a sweet, single lady in faraway Ontario, Canada.Her name was Kathleen, her … more
I read a quote once that I absolutely love. It said, “Be a noticer.” It’s a simple statement but something I try and remind myself of often. As we go throughout our day there are so … more
How Will I Mourn? Loss has hit our small community hard over the last few weeks. The pain of losing someone you love is something many people experience, yet it feels so deeply personal. When my … more
Dear smartphone, You gave me a real scare yesterday. When I took you into the Apple repair shop, I figured some teenage tech wizard would wave a wand and fix the weird glitch you’ve had with … more
It’s hard to say exactly what possessed me to become a journalist. I knew from my sophomore year of high school I wanted to write. I’ve credited English teacher James Rice with unlocking … more
Every once in a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will … more
He did it again. My husband – the man I vowed to have and to hold until death do us part. And death may come sooner than either one of us want if this madness doesn’t stop. He says he’s … more
Fifty-five years ago I became an unlikely college student, atleast I figure that’s what some of my high school teachersthought of me — unlikely.Though I was on the honor roll my last … more
A new school year usher back in routine and schedules. It means more than new tennis shoes and a fun backpack. It can bring so many welcome gifts for our kids - new friendships, new interests, and … more
I am the 1970s love-child of two parents born and raised in the 1940s. If you know your history,that means their childhood was forged in the years following the Great Depression and WWII,which were … more
It won’t be long now before school will be back in session. I find myself wondering if they could find time in school to teach young people about proper recycling techniques. I don’t … more
We recently spent some time in Illinois where my husband spent the first 10 years or so of his life. He always says he has a terrible memory. But it was funny how much came flooding back to him just … more
Ten Years. July 22, 2012, I heard those words. You know, the ones no one wants to hear: You haveCancer. Nasty, ugly words that meant my world was changing. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 … more
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