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September 30, 2015


Barn cat politics are complicated. They are full of alliances, double-crossing, and violent overthrows. My personal introduction to all this began last summer when a young beauty named Roxy arrived without fanfare in our barn. She proceeded to charm our crusty old tom...

May 12, 2015


I've been trying to walk every evening. As I get bigger, and slower, it gets harder, but some evenings are so beautiful it would be difficult NOT to walk out into the cooling dusk. Today there was just such an evening -- and I wasn't the only one who thought so. Yeste...

September 26, 2014

I am writing this on a laptop sitting at a kitchen counter. An area I am now calling my office. I’ve been inundated suddenly with writing projects, some of which require extensive phone interviews, so beside me are a notepad, a cell phone, and the house phone. I have b...

August 8, 2014

Well, I missed a week. Technology is my nemesis. I had all the photos chosen and uploaded, the text written, the layout laid out, and the draft saved. Then it got “lost.” Sigh. It didn’t help that my heart was and is really hurting. You see, I also just lost Betty, one...

June 23, 2014

After reading the article "A Daily Walking Practice" by Shari Altman in the amazing magazine Taproot I decided to find a route to walk if not daily, at least often. Altman says "I know of no better way of connecting with the seasons than by walking the same path on a r...

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My “Little Pasture on the Prairie” started out as a borrowed slip of land and is now it is a full-fledged pasture with a windbreak of elms and fruit trees, a sturdy woven wire fence, and an odd assortment of orphans and vagabonds, most of them wearing wooly suits. There are also cats and chickens running in and out as they please, a milk cow, and two small humans I am lucky to have call me 'Mama.' These are the stories of our adventures -- and misadventures -- in the little pasture, and the joy of waking up every day to the quiet majesty of life on the northern plains.


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