Yearly Archives: 2012

Giving Thanks for Imperfect Families

  There are many occasions when I miss my mother…like when someone says something that I know would make her laugh with contagious abandonment and no one could possibly let the sound of her joyful eruption subside before feeling embraced by it. As I hike up the mountain where she taught me the names of [...]

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Election 2012: Patsy Gives Me Hope

Early voting starts here in three days. I have avoided posting political stuff on social media. I figure my husband, Chuck Campbell, does enough for both of us. As Treasurer for Patsy Keever’s campaign for Congress, he is more than a little bit involved. I have done my part behind the scenes. (And someone has to [...]

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Thoughts while folding laundry

So I was folding laundry—underwear to be specific. It has to be folded sort of like a shirt, in thirds. Then another fold and it is ready to be filed into the drawer with the fold-side up so I can see all the patterns and colors. I’ve been doing it that way as long as [...]

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Bucks in Rut

If you have goats, you know the smell of a buck in rut. It is the odor that gave Billy Goat his stinky reputation.  For the first time since we started raising goats four years ago, our neighbors adjacent to the barn sit on their deck and hope a breeze will blow Moores Pond Farm’s [...]

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Adventures in Self-Publishing

When I published three books with Jossey-Bass/Wiley & Sons in 2000-2003, I did not even consider self-publishing. It was what people did when they could not find a “real” publisher. I was quite willing to get out and promote my books, but I certainly did not want to get into the publishing business. That changed [...]

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Too Many Goats!

It is becoming a mantra. Every morning after five does have filed into the milking parlor and hopped up on the stand to be milked and fed, I mumble to myself, “Too many goats! We have too many goats!” Pouring the milk into gallon containers, I mutter, “Too much milk; we have too much milk.” [...]

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The Imperfect House

When my sister-in-law Margaret, an excellent ‘cellist, asked if I would host a house concert during her July visit, my immediate response was “Sure, that sounds like fun!” Then, as I sat in the living room sipping coffee and petting the cat, I began seeing my house through the eyes of a chamber music patron. [...]

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A Meditation for Worriers

This meditation goes with a chant that I learned while I was on a pilgrimage in Nepal. When I do this in a Sunday service, I sing each verse line by line and the congregation sings each line after me. After a spoken meditation and brief silence, we sing it through once more, line by [...]

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Make Hay While the Sun Shines

  “They need to give the weatherman a window in his office.” Ronnie, the guy who cuts and bales our hay, had arrived with his baling equipment just in time for the first sprinkling of rain on the field he had cut a few days before… when clear weather was predicted to prevail for most [...]

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Your one wild and precious life

Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life?                                  –from “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver   I. Summer, 2010 It was August. I was weeding the asparagus patch, fully absorbed in extracting every unwelcome intruder— talking to myself about how weeds thrive in mulch, including the [...]

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