When You Know What’s Important, You Find the Courage to Be Ruthless

When You Know What's Important, You Find the Courage to Be Ruthless

I remember weeding our very first garden with white knuckles, in a cold sweat. All the sprouting vegetables in our tiny plot looked sort of alike to me. The weeds were just as green and leafy as the seedlings we'd planted, so I proceeded with great caution. Too afraid to be ruthless, I left behind… Continue reading When You Know What’s Important, You Find the Courage to Be Ruthless

Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy

There are times when our kids surprise us -- or even surpass us -- with their insight.  This was certainly the case with my youngest son: "It's too much," he said.  "I've got all this music to learn for honors band.  I'm buying a sheep.  I want to work with Cyprus (his 4-H heifer).  I'm… Continue reading Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy

Remarkable Things Spoken

With a huge garden, an apple tree that produced two pies this fall, and a rainbow of full canning jars in my basement, it is quite possible that my life approximates Rachel Macy Stafford's day dreams in the Home Depot outdoor garden section. Or could it be that my brand of rural chaos demonstrates that her… Continue reading Remarkable Things Spoken