Mother of the Decade

Mother of the Decade

If we were voting for Mother of the Decade, I nominate Cori Salchert. What an honor for me to tell you about Cori on this Mother’s Day weekend. By the time you finish this blog, you may be voting for Cori too. For more than two years, Cori Salchert cried out to God...
Columbine Mom Forgives

Columbine Mom Forgives

The night before two ruthless teens blasted through Columbine High School on a shooting and bombing massacre, 16-year-old John Tomlin was refurbishing the bed of his beloved 1985 Chevy pickup. When John parked his classic ride in the school parking lot the next...
Cure for Your Muddy Mess

Cure for Your Muddy Mess

Let’s face it. Some days I am a muddy mess. Some days you are a muddy mess. Yep. Sometimes life just gets messy and muddy all at the same time. And we slip-slop away, wobbling and waiting to right ourselves and stand on solid ground.   You need not look far to see the...
Women in Your History

Women in Your History

While March is officially Women’s History Month in America, I’m wondering about the women in your history. What remarkable women played a significant role in your personal history? In my personal history? Okay, I’ll go first in sharing a bit about two women who made...
Till Is a Thang

Till Is a Thang

Till is a beneficial thang for farmers and gardeners. Tilling breaks up the top layers of soil, adding air and allowing moisture to permeate below the surface. Last summer, my friend used a rototiller while replacing my worn-out backyard sod. Boy did we need that...
2024 — Time for Branching Out

2024 — Time for Branching Out

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree. Yes, I’m talking about that tree you’ve been enjoying for weeks and have already taken down or are about to take down. Let me share a bit about our beloved Christmas trees before we start branching out in 2024. Did you know that...
And the Winner Is You…

And the Winner Is You…

And the winner is you. Yes, YOU! You have navigated this year with its twists and turns and valley and mountaintops. Good job! No matter what has come your way in 2023, you kept bending and enduring. And coming back in the tougher times. You deserve a HUGE ribbon and...
“I See Dead People”

“I See Dead People”

People confess things to me. I mean sometimes stunning revelations like “I see dead people.” Yep, that’s right up there as one of the top confessions and disclosures that someone has shared with me. As a journalist and writer, I hear all sorts of eyebrow-raising...
Hey, Hay, Hay!

Hey, Hay, Hay!

Hey, hay, hay! How do you feel about hay bales? Yes, what comes to your mind when you hear the word hay? Cattle munching on the leafy legume? Halloween scarecrows stuffed with the scratchy foliage? A bedding cushion for your outdoor plants? When I think of hay, I...
Watching Over You

Watching Over You

There’s great comfort in knowing someone or many someones are watching over you. Maybe your watchful someone is a combination of your spouse, your kids, your parents, your siblings, your friends, your neighbors, your local police, the military, your doctor, your...