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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...

October 2, 2014

We are walking along the graveled section line and it is raining. Not a lot, just a little. The clouds are a low, gray ceiling over our heads, and the thin strip of sky at the horizon glows a misty gray as well. To the west, a field of sunflowers bow their giant, brown...

August 11, 2014


I have been writing a weekly column for the town paper this summer. Since most of you don't live in my town, I wanted to start sharing some of them here. This is from a few weeks ago...hope you enjoy!

It’s getting close to weaning time for my bums lambs. It  may even b...

June 26, 2014

“Did you come to get your puppy?” the brothers ask, breathless, their blond heads bobbing.

“My puppy?” I ask. I start to shake my head, but then stop. I am surprised to hear I have a puppy. I so am surprised, in fact, that I fumble for words. "Wait a minute, what?"


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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