Monthly Archives: March 2011
We’d had our chickens for about a year. We had a steady supply of eggs coming. I had several great sources for local and organic food, and to top it all off, the house was almost to the point that we could finish unpacking. Time to move.
My husband received his new assignment and we started making plans. We were excited about the prospect of being closer to family, but sad to be leaving the Pacific Northwest. Since we didn’t have any choice really, we focused on the positive. We started farm hunting.
We were no longer interested in merely house hunting, we wanted a place with some land. Someplace we could keep our chickens, plant a garden, maybe even raise a beef cow. Essentially we wanted to take this opportunity to start figuring out what we were doing so that we could, someday, become self-sustaining. After much searching, we found the perfect piece of property. The house, as usual, needed some work, but that is the way my husband likes them. So, we sealed the deal and started packing. Continue reading
Technically this falls under the category of What I’ve Already Read, but since I loved all three books, I want to share. Juliet Marillier’s trilogy begins with Daughter of the Forest. This breathtaking tale of a heroic young girl was … Continue reading
As boys Tom and Bill were in the scouts. One summer day they were chosen to lead a hike to Lake Michigan. They were responsible young men. They knew the trails like their own backyard. They were the perfect choice. … Continue reading
I love it when my son asks me to read to him. I love hearing him “read” the books that he has memorized. I believe that children’s books are the foundation for who a person will become. Kids develop a love for stories, and most importantly they learn to become readers. This early love of reading will ultimately allow them to learn anything they could ever hope to know. Continue reading
I recently asked my Grandma to tell me some of her favorite memories from the cottage. It was interesting to hear her tell some of the same stories I’d heard so many times from my Dad, but with a few … Continue reading
Once Empyrean was finished, for the moment, and had been sent on to some fresh eyes, I kept writing. I’m so glad that I did. I had never experienced any part of the publication process before. I assumed that submitting the first book in a trilogy, and being able to say that book two and three were already written, would be helpful in securing an agent. I discovered that this is not necessarily true. If you have one completed novel that is enough, for those of you wondering. Continue reading
I knew from the first moment
You would alter my whole world.
I thought that I was ready
For any curve that life could hurl.
But the truth hits like a hammer,
I am driven to my knees.
I am crushed beneath its blow, Continue reading
On yet another memorable occasion Tom was fishing in the canoe by himself at the spring while Kenny and a friend of his, Dick Shultz, fished off the point. It was a very windy day and Tom didn’t expect any … Continue reading
It is not so tangible that it may be touched
Or held in your hand.
Yet it is strong enough that it can be felt
Over time and distance.
From one soul to another