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We’ve Always Known

We always wanted land on which to build a homestead. But then, some stuff happened:Decades of work and learning, Trying to build a career, make money and raise a family, Working in gardening, eating fresh vegetables (too much most of the time), Loving the smell of freshly tilled soil, the ...

For the Love of a Glove

My hands are pretty messed up from living on a ranch. My nails are short on purpose and unpainted. The skin is wrinkled. I think of my hands as yet another important tool to get the work done. Not some fluffy, pretty things that are a fashion statement. My husband feels the same way I do, so ...

Work Is A Good Thing!

Dear friends,After celebrating the Fourth with family, we left our house in good hands, and packed the car to go to the farm for July and August. We took so many extra things that it was difficult for us to get it all together, and nearly impossible for Larry to pack it into the car. It was ...

Fat Farmers No More

In 2013, we moved from the city, gave up our gym membership and moved to the country to establish our homestead and raise fresh produce and our own meat. Although we finished a lot projects, we also gained some extra weight because we thought we were burning more calories by working so hard. ...

The Rhythm of Work

Two weeks ago, my husband Zack, his mother Mary, and I spent a half day cutting out two trees that had fallen in the last year. One not only snapped off about ten feet up, but it rested precariously on its neighbor. The large trunk was partially split and I knew it might be trouble. Even Zack ...

Social Security Connection-February 2009

Q: I retired with a civil service pension, but also qualified for Social Security. When I was doing my taxes last year, I was startled to find out that I was taxed 71 percent on my Social Security income of $377 a month.Why are people taxed on their Social Security benefits? It doesn’t make ...

Social Security Connection-December 2008

Q: Can people receiving Social Security disability benefits work part time? If so, how many hours can they work, and is there a maximum amount of money they can earn? – Reader, KansasA: Yes, people receiving Social Security disability benefits can work. The earnings limit for nonblind ...

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