Category: The Good Life

Herd Some Chickens

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   We have chickens at our house. Down in numbers from our first purchase, the two remaining are a sight for sore eyes. One is a tiny, mixed breed. The other, named Cobalt, is large, dark gray hen, often mistaken for a rooster,

Discover How “To Be” While Still Doing

Previously Published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   The sun is out. The air is warm. Twin size sheets billow on the clothesline witnessing to the drama of toilet training. My inbox tells me I have marketing homework to do for my upcoming book, “Journey in Love: A Catholic Mother’s

A World Bigger Than Ourselves

We finished reading The Snow Queen. In its conclusion, I learned the value of reading longer works over a period of time to my children. This is a new-to-me activity. I hear other parents do this great thing. While reading, I saw my son’s eyes fixed into space as his

One Inspires Many

  Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   At the Bookworm Literacy booth during Love Hughson, my 8-year-old, at my strong encouraging, selected “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson. One character, the Finn Woman tells her reindeer, “I can give her no greater power than she has already,”

Festivity

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   The day the fierce packing and moving began, I stopped reading. It was two weeks before I picked up a book again. “Anne of Green Gables” graced my coffee table as an easy read. Before moving, we were focused on Lent, on

Ask for Help

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   He is six. He is the spitting image of his paternal uncle as a child. I suspect he regularly experiences nuclear explosions in his blood for the amount of energy he gives off. The boy bounces, runs, climbs, and speaks at an

Patience is a Virtue…we have to learn again and again

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   “Did it take you a long time to learn to be patient?” My 8-year-old asked. She admitted it was hard to stay patient while we waited for the jousting to begin during the Sonora Celtic Fair. “Patience is a virtue,” the adults

Cultural Touchstones in Lent

Previously Published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   I hear in the niche world of young, homeschooling, Catholic families, a new buzzword: liturgical living. Liturgical living is a way of bringing traditions of the liturgy into the home with the goal of furthering ones cultural and religious heritage. Societies were

Write!

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   I ran my finger across the cover of an original Nancy Drew book cover. The edges were neatly trimmed off, the binding removed and, with sharp quality materials, the maker drove holes into the left side and sewed a new binding, with

Snow Chain Checkpoint

Previously published at the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   As we drove higher and farther, we began to see a dusting of white sprinkled across the landscape. In the distance, a grey mountain with gray trees grew. Higher and farther, the dusting grew into a blanket, the blanket grew into a

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