Dinosaur Bones

This morning, a shipment of T-Rex babies arrived at my house. Fifteen of them. They are tiny and precious and . . . well, they poop a lot. Yes they do. I guess I should feed them less. Right now they live in a box in my kitchen, under a heat lamp. In a couple […]

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Untamed Land

My love for country living has hit a major bump in the road. Or more appropriately phrased, an enormous snake in the grass. Yeah. It all started when Superman turned to me and said, “Would you like to go for a stroll? It’s a beautiful night.” He is, after all, Superman, and how in the world […]

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Country Roads

A year ago, I met a dreamy country boy named Rick. He’s rugged and manly. He builds houses and does landscape designs for yards. He knows how to fix stuff. He plays the piano, sings like an angel, and writes his own music. Oh, and he’s also a teacher. I think he’s a descendant of […]

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The Hard Way

As some of you know, I’ve recently developed a fascination with waterfalls. And hiking. And not getting killed while hiking to pursue a waterfall. On my trip to Colorado, I almost died falling off a mountain, trying to find Mystic Falls. Okay, so maybe I didn’t almost die, but I could have. I climbed a […]

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In Search of Waterfalls

I recently went to Colorado in search of a particular waterfall I saw when I was a little girl. I had no idea which waterfall; I don’t even have a picture. All I have is a fuzzy memory of going there with my family when I was eight. I remember it because that was the […]

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Peace, Be Still

As I write this, I’m listening to the snap and sizzle of corn popping on my stove. Yep, the old-fashioned kind, not that yucky microwave stuff that leaves half the bag unpopped. And I’m trying to figure out what in the crunch I’m going to write about this week, since my article is due in […]

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The Right Thing

Writing a weekly column has its challenges, just in case you were wondering. Especially when you’ve been doing it for seven years. Everything worth writing about has pretty much been written about. I asked some reliable helpers—my students—for advice about a writing topic. After all, they write in my class every day. Surely they’d have […]

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Thanks, Mom!

Has anyone ever really calculated all the things a mother does? Oh, I’m sure they’ve tried. But I don’t think it’s possible to come up with a complete job description. Just when you think you’ve recorded every possible thing a mother is required to do, something new will make its way onto the list. Things […]

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Used

Did you know that Americans make up approximately 5% of the world’s population, but we generate 30% of the world’s garbage? I confess. I think about 25% of that may come from my son’s room. According to one study, each year U. S. industry moves, shovels, mines, extracts, wastes, burns, pumps and disposes of around […]

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Marshmallow Roast

My son and I roasted hotdogs and S’mores at a campfire last weekend. Yes, sir-ree, we were invited to a real, bona-fide, genuine campfire, way out in the country on a dark, starlit night. And just a few yards from the campfire was an old cemetery, where Wyatt Earp’s kinfolk are buried. After dinner, we […]

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