Please help me congratulate Linda Laird, winner of two darling Amish-made potholders and a kitchen towel and dish cloth from Lancaster County that make me want to smile as summer gets into full swing. Plus, one of my signed books: either Starting from Scratch, A Letter from Lancaster County; or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County TrilogyLeaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish; or A Portrait of Marguerite.

Serenity returns to the island after the 4th of July.

I’ve never met an American flag I haven’t liked!


Before sunrise is early in July!


A giant blue heron waiting for a fish to swim by.


My husband, son, and his daughter ambling north.