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The Vanishing Icon

What is a farm without a barn? Barns used to be essential to farm life. A place of refuge for the animals. A place of storage for feed, tools, and a variety of other necessities. A place to sit and listen to the rain on the tin roof. A place of mystery and adventure for the farm kid. A place to ...

Music On The Square

What do you do for fun in rural America? In my Daddy's day, they went to the county seat of Yellville for an evening. The young people would park around the square and visit, go to the diner on the corner, or to the drug store for a soda and ice cream. Daddy told me that there used to be a ...

Honey Harvest

One of my favorite memories as a child is a quiet, slow summer day with a bright sun and a low mummer of bees among the clover. I've always loved bees. They are really very gentle little creatures, and quite harmless unless provoked. My Granny talked to bees whenever they were around, and I ...

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Remember the '70s sitcom "CHEERS"? Their theme song went “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name” (by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart ...

Of Fur and Feather

One of the joys of living on a farm is the animals. Each has his own special place and usefulness. But sometimes I have my doubts about the farm cats.Oh, I love my cats. I'm very much a cat person. But farm cats are hunters, and occasionally they like to share their successes.My oldest cat is ...

A Cast-Iron Legacy

A legacy is an important part of a family. What sort of inheritance will be left to the children? Not just monetary, but ethically, spiritually, physically? My family has never been financially wealthy. Our legacies have consisted of knowledge and physical items. My father left me a legacy of ...

This Old Garden

I spent this morning working in my greenhouse separating tomato seedlings. I can never seem to throw any of them away when I thin them out. I carefully re-pot each one and hope for the best; I usually manage to save most of them. Then, when it comes time to transfer them into the garden beds, ...

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