So…Ma and Pa Kettle go to Chicago. Courtesy of Sony/BMG Records, my husband and I traveled to Chicago last week to see an exclusive, invitation-only concert with Jason Michael Carroll. I won the trip simply by putting my name on an entry form during a Q Country 92.5 live broadcast. (That’s me in the Millennium […]

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Life out here on the farm is…well, farm-like. Especially with our new addition, ten baby chicks. We’ve got five that are Rhode Island Red mixes and five that are black Leghorns. They’re pretty cute little cheepers right now that peck at the sides of their box home and fall asleep standing up. They are congregating […]

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I’m going to share an experience I had recently. It’s just another one of those, “I live in the mountains again and this is the way of life” experiences that I have encountered in the past year, ever since I left the big city behind and opted for life in rural Arizona. As you may […]

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Although the calendar says it is still winter, the temperatures are indicating an early start to spring. With the weather being so beautiful this past weekend, I decided to go on a hike and check out the Indian ruins again in the forest land behind my house. Imagine my surprise when I found a river […]

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Before Valentine’s Day became the Hallmark holiday now appropriate for all members of the family, it originated from the customs of the ancient Romans. Although the martyred Valentines (there were more than one) of the early centuries were honored for their religious contributions, by the 14th century another Saint Valentine came to be associated with […]

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My mother’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving and it is my favorite, too. When we were growing up in Wisconsin, Thanksgiving was spent at Grandma Roemer’s house. All the family from my father’s side would converge upon the old Wisconsin farm house. Women would cook and set the table while the men watched football. After dinner, […]

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Just in time for the holidays, the Champagne Authors collaborative blog, The Writer’s Vineyard, is featuring a different short story daily in the months of November and December. Some of the stories are excerpts from great books available for purchase while others are original, yet-to-be-published vignettes. My own contribution is an original short story which […]

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