Ends and Beginnings

Dear Readers, As is quite common at the end of the year, I find myself replaying all kinds of memories as I reflect on the past 12 months. I am imagining what life felt like a short year ago, what I’ve learned, what’s changed, and what could possibly be happening one year from today. I …

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It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn

It’s just before dawn a couple days before Christmas. It’s not quite raining outside - it’s more like a consistent, cold mist. A soft, yellow glow pulsates through the room from the faux-flickering candles my mother-in-law has placed in all the windows as part of her Christmas decorations. It’s just before dawn and I’ve already …

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When You’re the Best of Friends

From time to time, I’ll run across articles that feature different species of animals who have become unassuming best friends. I seem to recall once reading about a chimp and a duck being inseparable. There was also a tortoise and a hippo who latched onto one another. Here at the ranch, we have our very …

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Nothing is Permanent

In a single week, every leaf on every tree of our property has fallen to the ground and become an inch-thick layer of brown mush. For days, the sky has been a perpetual gray. None of our chickens are laying any eggs. Adorably, Bunny and Tee’s winter coats have poofed out in every direction – …

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