Reflections: Springtime on a Creek Bank

Author's note: We've lived on our farm for 30 years. It's where we raised four children and birthed a family business. A few years ago, I wrote about my first impressions of what would become Springfield Farm, and how much that sparkling waterway represented my dreams...
FaithSlice of Life

The Face of the Other Changes Everything

I took this photo of dry leaves two years ago on the last day of January and filed it on my laptop with the title "no snow". Where I live, a widespread blizzard that swept across Indiana and Michigan made up for past snow-free seasons. We got at least a foot of snow over the first three days of February 2022, and we still have plenty on the...

Slice of LifeWriting

Expectations: Let It Be With Me

I’m a slow-buildup-to-Christmas kind of girl. One decoration at a time. And the tree shows up when I feel ready. No grand expectations here. “You do you” is my mantra when it comes to the holidays. While some are mixing twinkle lights with pumpkins, I’m protecting Thanksgiving’s autonomy like my life depended on it. Today, I broke out the...

Slice of LifeWisdom

Good, better, best. Never let it rest.

I love American and Celtic folk music. In another season of life, I taught myself to play an Irish whistle and a lap dulcimer. I never mastered either one, but I enjoyed making “music”. Because I played for an audience of one, good was good enough. Until it wasn’t and I laid the instruments aside. I wonder how many things we pick up and lay...

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