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I Have a Confession….

I have to admit that I find this time of year a little drear.  Not only is it gray and bleak outside, but it’s also freezing cold.  And, to make matters worse, the sun goes down around 5 p.m.  The combination of gray, bleak, cold, and dark is somewhat of a downer.  Plus, all the merry-making has come to a […]

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Premio Dardos Award

I am honored to have been nominated for the Premio Dardos Award by Linda Bethea, the wonderful and humorous writer of the blog Nutsrok.  I always look forward to reading her posts as she is able to find the humor and humanity in life’s journey.  Please take some time to check-out her blog.  You’ll be glad you did. Below are […]

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Friday Farm Favorites

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all.  It is the healer, restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.  Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” ~Wendall Berry, The Unsettling of America: […]

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Fiber Festivals: Fun and Educational

What is a fiber festival you may ask.  A fiber festival is a wholesome, fun event for the entire family that seeks to educate and entertain, while also highlighting the beauty of an industry in which few may be aware exists.  The presentation of fiber-producing animals, such as sheep, and their products allows the public to develop their interest and […]

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This Old House

When I think of old houses or antiques, I’m reminded of the Japanese philosophy called wabi-sabi.  Loosely translated, it’s the art of finding beauty in imperfection, revering authenticity above all.  It celebrates cracks and scratches and all other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. Some of the things that I love best about an old house are […]

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All That Sparkles

I absolutely love fizzy and sparkling wines!  And, since New Year’s Eve celebrations are fast approaching, I thought it may be fun and helpful to share some information about Champagne and sparkling wines.  I’ve also included a few of my favorites. Champagne: First, all that sparkles isn’t Champagne.  Sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it’s from the Champagne […]

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“The Weekly Bleat: Winter Wonderland”

It doesn’t quite feel like Christmastime in my community until the Christmas Lighting Ceremony has taken place at the Bedford, Virginia landmark formerly known as the Elks National Home.  The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks is the fraternal organization that has operated the facility for over a century.  The Elks National Home was recently sold and the new […]

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