Amish Autumn

Amish Autumn

Not much evidence of autumn in our neck of the woods yet, except kids are back in school and our oak tree’s leaves are turning a drab brown. Eventually, thousands will drift to the ground almost nonstop. One year, I raked up 23 barrels of leaves over the course of a...
Kate’s Favorite Pics

Kate’s Favorite Pics

Hurray for Amy Adamovich, winner of the beautiful 37” Amish-made table runner from Lancaster County, PA, plus a signed copy of one novel from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy, CBA bestseller Leaving Lancaster, its sequel CBA bestseller Pennsylvania Patchwork, or...
Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

When out walking with my girlfriend and her elderly Lab, the question of teaching old dogs new tricks circled in the recesses of my brain. Days later, the question wouldn’t leave me alone. I called the most canine-savvy person I know, my friend Earlene Luke, former...
Is The Grass Always Greener?

Is The Grass Always Greener?

Recently, the oldie song “The Other Man’s Grass is Always Greener” has been weaving its way through my mind as I walk in the neighborhood. I can’t help noticing the many parched lawns and drooping bushes. Yet, some lawns are emerald green, an expensive...

I Miss Manners

Out on a stroll recently, I stepped through a narrow walkway leading to the neighborhood park and came face-to-face with a man with a large dog that woofed. “He usually doesn’t bark,” the man said, “you scared him.” Instead of giving me a moment to...

A Hearty Breakfast

I smile as I recall my father-in-law telling me about growing up in South Dakota. Born in 1921, he commenced working summers at age thirteen as a cook’s helper on a nearby farm. An arduous bicycle ride away from home, but his family needed the money during the...