The Old Picnic Grounds

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Every place has a story. Where I live now, you can find graves in the pasture marked by just a single wooden post surrounded by a pile of rocks. It’s said there are actual dinosaur bones entrenched in one of the beaches of the lake. There’s a hill of chalk rock where generations of families, lovers and children have carved …

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For Whom the School Bell Tolls

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Families seem to have themes. What I mean by that is some people relish in old barns, and pass that love along to the next generation. Some families are “born into” being a police officer, a fire fighter or a doctor. For my family, I’d say it’s teaching. As you may or may not know, my Aunt Jeanette taught 3rd …

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Riding Out The Storm

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For anyone who has ever lived in the country, you know what an old storm cellar looks like and may have spent an hour or two huddled in one, waiting out a tornado. The house we lived in when I was born, and the house my brother lived in when he first got married, both had storm cellars. As kids, …

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Where The Deer And The Antelope Play

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Today Aunt Jeanette writes: Dan and I have spent a good share of September traveling. Our adventure at the beginning of the month took us to Baltimore, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. We had a fantastic time enjoying seafood, watching a Nationals baseball game, touring the battlefields of Gettysburg, experiencing the National Aquarium, and visiting Fort McHenry, where preparations were underway …

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Write it down!

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From the time I learned how to hold my pencil, I’ve always enjoyed writing. I remember dad taking me with him to work a lot of Saturday mornings, even though he didn’t believe farm work was for little girls. But I stayed out of his hair by making mud pies, catching critters, climbing grain bins and sitting in the hay …

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Home Grown

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Summer is one of my favorite seasons (not that I have many to choose from!) for a number of reasons. I enjoy sitting in my new rocking chair on the front porch at dusk, watching for deer and turkey to walk through the yard. I love going to the lake and letting the kids play on the beach. I love …

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It’s a bird. No, it IS a plane!

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As I was driving home from my morning childcare drop-off routine, I snapped this picture of a crop duster flying right next to me. I’ve probably seen a thousand of them, but each time one is this close, a sense of thrill runs through my blood and I can understand why children are enthralled with planes. I will recount a …

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