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Hanging out with my girls

Hanging out with my girls

I slipped on my Slogger boots and walked through the dew-soaked grass toward my garden. Opening the gate, my white hen trotted to greet me. “Good morning, Lucky Duck!” My daughter named this hen when we brought our first flock home four years ago. With her snowy feathers, she reminded my then 3-year-old of a […]

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November 1, 2017 | By More
Symbol of a simpler time

Symbol of a simpler time

Holding my phone at eye level, I added one more snapshot to the multitudes who have taken the same picturesque photo. As iconic as the Grand Teton Mountain in its background, the historic T.A. Moulton barn boasts the title, “Most Photographed Barn in America.” Since taking up gardening, I have developed an affinity for barns. […]

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September 1, 2017 | By More
Persistence

Persistence

Rounding a curve near my home, I glanced at a garden I pass every day. Tassels from the corn stalks reached to the heavens. My eyes lingered a moment longer than usual, captivated at the sight. Wasn’t it just a few days ago I tapped my brakes and narrowed my eyes, playing “name that plant” […]

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July 1, 2017 | By More
Full house & fulfilled life

Full house & fulfilled life

Lori Johnson surveyed the concerned eyes of doctors seated around her. An intimidating experience to be certain, this midwife with a high school education knew she could not give up. Her six-month-old daughter’s life lay in the balance. She knew when she started the process of adopting this Chinese baby that something was terribly wrong. […]

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May 1, 2017 | By More
My global gardening community

My global gardening community

The notification caught my eye. You have a new follower. I clicked over to my Instagram feed – the account I had created specifically for gardening. I hoped to connect with other gardeners and inspire beginning gardeners with my experiences. I peeked at my new follower’s Instagram profile. She’s from Russia? My own gardening journey […]

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May 1, 2017 | By More
As creation awakens

As creation awakens

Geese honk in the distance. The morning fog barely burned off, the sun slowly warms the earth. Birds sing their gentle melody, and one perches on the tree in front of me. The winter-bare branches swell with tiny nodules, telltale signs of a creation readying to awake from slumber. Wrapped in a blanket, I survey […]

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March 1, 2017 | By More
Lessons of the Jalapeno Flower

Lessons of the Jalapeno Flower

The breeze chilled my skin as the sun dipped just below the tips of the pines. Only 4 p.m., I still protested the shorter days and longer nights. The first frost of the season, despite our warmer than average fall, would come right on time. I headed toward the garden to harvest the last of […]

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December 1, 2016 | By More
In Defense of Boredom

In Defense of Boredom

“I’m bored, Mom.” It’s the phrase from my 9-year-old akin to fingernails on a chalkboard. But I can’t use that analogy with him since chalkboards, in his mind, have a place in the antiquities along with the typewriter. Instead I tried another approach. “Did you know, son, that when I was your age, I didn’t […]

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October 1, 2016 | By More
It’s Home

It’s Home

High tassels of corn sway in the wind; bean leaves towering up the trellis flutter. I sit back in my lounge chair and linger, my eyes soaking in the view. I love this view atop the deck my husband built last year. I breathe a sigh of thanks to him for all the labor he […]

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August 1, 2016 | By More
Sowing seeds of a family legacy

Sowing seeds of a family legacy

It was one of the last weekly lunches I remember sharing with my mom before her fight with cancer took a downward turn. Sitting together in the City Mall, I ate my egg roll salad and Mom nibbled at her chicken salad sandwich from Nothing Fancy. Conversation buzzed all around us but, as it was […]

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June 1, 2016 | By More