The Chicken Who Went to Church

My little hen, Marbella, had an unusual morning. Instead of waking up to run out of the coop and waddle around in the mud all day, she was whisked out of the pen, placed in a carrier, put in the car and taken to Sunday School to mingle with a dozen or so six to… 

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The Best Medicine

Everybody knows the expression, but far too few appreciate its truth. No one would argue that laughter is a good thing, but what I learned at the Laugha Yoga Leader Certification, held at the Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia this past weekend was just how good a thing it really is.  What has long… 

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Rita, the horse

Goodbye, Rita

The two horses Rita and Shiton came with the farm. They’d been living here for quite a while when we arrived, and didn’t have anywhere else to go, so we were happy to let them stay.


My Brother, the Captain

We were so grateful to be present for the ceremony in Knoxville, TN  celebrating my brother’s retirement from the US Navy Reserve. Capt. Jefferey R. Jernigan served as an anesthesiologist in the Medical Corps for over twenty years, and served six months of active duty in Iraq in 2007.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

A Marriage

I called my parents this morning to wish them congratulations on their anniversary. “Do you think the marriage will last?” my dad said. Mom just laughed. Apparently, having a sense of humor is one of the reasons it has lasted, SIXTY-THREE  years, to be exact.

Cat, Cozy Cat, Cat in front of the Fireplace, My Home Office on a Winter Day

Mind Games–A Funny Story

It’s a cold winter day and for some reason I was thinking about peanut brittle. Makes sense, right? Anyway, it reminded me of something that happened years ago that’s a fun story to tell– and it really is true. It was when the children were little, back before everybody carried a cell phone everywhere. So… 

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Guinea Feathers/ Dark Side of the Farm/

The Dark Side of Farm Life

Every morning one of us goes out to the bird yard to let everybody out of their enclosures, put out some food and check on the water. When I saw my husband Ted’s face coming in the other day I knew something was wrong. “There are no guineas,” he said. “They’re all gone, every single… 

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Sourdough Starter

Going Pro(biotics)

Since I wrote about my first adventures with sourdough a few months ago, I’ve made bread at least once or twice a week and have experimented with numerous recipes. I LOVE my starter, which I was lucky enough to get from Meg at our neighboring Rockland’s Farm. Her mother started it over fifteen years ago… 

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Showing Up

January 6th marks the beginning of Epiphany, a period of several weeks in the Christian liturgical year between Christmas and Lent. The word “epiphany” comes from a Greek word which means “appearance,” or “to show forth, manifest.” As the well- known story goes, three Kings from distant lands followed a bright star to the lowly… 

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The Crazy Life

Sooooo, I’ve been a little behind on the blog. It all started two weekends ago when both the boys arrived from opposite ends of the country and all five of us piled into a rented mini van headed for a good old fashioned Christmas with the grandparents in Tennessee. It was a day’s drive, followed… 

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Happy Birthday Dorothy!

Dear Dorothy, I’ve been thinking about you a lot today, on what would have been your eighty- eighth birthday, if I’m counting right. For one, I’m getting ready to embark on an attempt at your Christmas bread recipe…