STORMY TIMES

Two of my favorite pipe organs to listen to are the 1783 organ at the Priory of Souvigny, France and the 1791 organ at Poitiers Cathedral, France. What do they have in common? Both were built during a time of turmoil in France. Both were also built by a man under the employ of the […]

FAMILY CAT TALES

Like losing a family member or friend, I have always mourned the death of each family cat. Two lived to reach old age: TreeCat and KeeKee. Both were family members from the get-go.   TreeCat was a kitten when she literally stepped down a tree branch and onto my shoulders. The pale gray-striped kitten with […]

THE ACCIDENT

(Part 3 of 4) Previously: While on their winter RV sojourn in the Southwest, Linda and her husband were hit by another driver in a small town in Arizona. Repairs were bogged down. I’m falling in and out of depression.  I feel so frustrated! The national parks and monuments that we wanted to see are […]

THE WORLD IS IN ORDER

Every day I wake up and look around and I am in awe of what God did, just everything he created. He gave every animal its own set of unique behaviors. Within one family of birds, the nightjars here in America, there are different subgroups with unique sets of behaviors. For instance, nighthawks that spend […]

THE ACCIDENT

(Part 2 of 4) Previously:  Linda and her husband Bill were in Arizona on their winter adventuring. For more than a month all had gone smoothly. Then their Jeep was hit by another driver. Before our trouble, Hubby and I had been having a good day.  In the morning we had hunted for fire agate, […]

Learn to look.

James (Jan. ‘18) adds, “Observation is an important educational tool. “

THE ACCIDENT

(Part 1 of 4) I put my head into my hands and began working to control my breathing and my emotions.   We were lucky, the Jeep air bags did not deploy.  However, the pickup that hit us didn’t fare so well. The entire passenger side of the truck was scored by our Jeep’s front bumper, […]

DÉJÀ VU?

Holy cow! I lived a bit of Frances’s comments about spinning her tires that came with the January Mid-month Ninepatch. Here’s what she said: “Ever spin your tires in mud, sinking sand or snow, unable to get traction?     Frustrating, right?  You work and work. Sometimes you are lucky and grab a toehold. Other times […]

A WINTER WALK NEAR MY MOUNTAIN HOME

Yesterday morning had the most beautiful deep, deep blue sky I have seen in quite some time. I headed out for a walk. The frozen pond was covered with white snow powder blown about by the wind. The snow resembled sand after a creek or river goes down after a heavy rain. I shuffled in […]

THE POLAR VORTEX

Editor’s note: Many weathermen described the Polar Vortex, (the recent extreme cold which visited the Midwest and East) as a once-in-a- generation event. Following are comments and stories of our readers Polar Vortex experiences. Dottie (Feb.19) writes, “The weather has been rough but I was only stuck inside one day.  Went to play Pickleball one day […]