Monthly Archives: October 2011


  It has been 5 months almost to the day that we left California bound for the northern prairie and a new life.  On Sunday we’re flying back, but just for two days, two days for “taking care of business” … Continue reading

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These past five months here at Mt. Faith, we have repeatedly proclaimed to neighbors, relatives, new friends and acquaintances alike – “Open Door Policy!”  No Need to Stand on Formalities!  If the Car is in the Driveway – We’re Home! … Continue reading

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When I went to fill the bird feeders mid morning, I found that the birdbath had accumulated a thick layer of ice in the night, not a thin crusty sheet, but an actual inch that required some serious chopping.  And … Continue reading

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I’ve been haunted this past week by a photograph.  It turned up in a box of old pictures, letters, and scribbled notes on family connections.  My cousin, Maryanne, and I spent most of a day going through the jumble – … Continue reading

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  When we lived at Castenada Lane in Atascadero California, I looked forward to and preferred the time of the year when the valley Oaks were denuded and bare.  Their silhouette was enchanting.  The visual structure and form was an … Continue reading

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When my daughter, Noelle Christiana, was born I called her my changeling baby, and in much of the world’s mythology that might actually signify danger or ill-fortune, but I chose to accept the Norse belief that sometimes humans were given … Continue reading

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  When  I first contemplated the bounty of compost now accumulating on the lawn, I was thrilled.  No more raiding neighboring yards for debris to add to my plastic rotating device that gobbled up the table scraps.  But like Mickey … Continue reading

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