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Stink and Beauty

On an almost-fall morning walk, I discovered the most beautiful bug on a road between a field of corn and soybeans. It took some time and consultation with friends to learn it was a Green Shield Bug nymph (immature) Ackrosternum … Continue reading

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Bee

Several years ago I began the journey of beekeeping, and I’m still learning something new every day.  Initially I wanted to help bees repopulate after hearing their numbers had dropped to concerning levels.  The bees help my orchard and, of … Continue reading

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Hail to the Kale!

I answered the phone reluctantly knowing it would be more work to stack my pile higher. “Really?  You have too much kale in your garden and I should come pick it?  I’ll be right there!” I love picking, cooking, and … Continue reading

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The Cheese Whiz

  A short drive West of Nebraska City, NE among green pastures spotted with beautiful milking cows, there is a farmer who lives in a 100-year-old home and works in her modern milking barn.  The home is heated with power … Continue reading

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Woman

Sitting in the park today, I contemplate the struggles of women.

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Quiet Pear Tree

QUIET PEAR TREE We leave for work early most mornings, feeling rushed and late.  Work is hard, especially on Mondays with backups from the weekend business.  We get home later to find household and lawn chores, homework to help with, the news, … Continue reading

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Changing houses

  After nearly 24 years of living in my house, I decided it was time for a change.  Perhaps I needed a new challenge.  Or maybe it was a desire to live among fruit trees and berries in solitude far … Continue reading

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