Perspectives

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A Sweet Discovery In The Wall

4 hours ago

As I opened the gate to let my horse out, I noticed bees buzzing around a knothole in the milkhouse wall. Behind the wood they hummed like violins. With the dire news about colony collapse disorder, they are rare, valuable.

Lessons From The Hurricanes

Sep 18, 2017

These destructive hurricanes have taught us, no -- reminded us -- of two fundamental characteristics of life in America.

The Things That Trigger Memories ...

Sep 15, 2017

“You can run, but you can’t hide.”

Those words suddenly popped into my head. I was bending over and picking up a cracker crumb on the kitchen floor.

I hesitated for a millisecond for what used to happen. I was thinking Lucy would have snarfed it up.

Lucy, the dog that kept floors clean.

There was a time I could have snapped a finger and pointed. She’d be on it. Snap. Snarf. Gone.

Lucy. She was the dog we had to put to rest months ago. But, for a second while staring at the crumb, I waited for her.

Do The Right Thing -- For The Future

Sep 14, 2017

Don’t you love this weather? Mild days, cool nights and a slight breeze to keep the sweat away when you’re working or playing outdoors.

Yes, its fall. Still let’s think about this. We have not had reasonable rain in 19 days. Heat, hot weather is what ripens tomatoes, so the red fruit is lagging in production. Early this spring, torrential rains turned strawberries to mush and mold. In my garden the mildew is rampant. It needs a little heat.

A Big Promise For The Future

Sep 13, 2017

Rockford Promise sent 10 Rockford Public School graduates to college this fall, tuition free. Next year we are going to send 20. In a few years, we will fund an entire high school class and, ultimately, the whole district.

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