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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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Artwork by Donna Whitmore Tuten

It is my pleasure to share the lovely artwork of a good friend and talented artist, Donna Whitmore Tuten.  The first group of paintings features the beloved animals of Green Hill Farm–past and present, and the second group is a small sampling of Donna’s work.  I hope you enjoy it. *NOTE:  You may click on individual paintings to view a […]

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Christmas Memories

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” –Charles Dickens “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” –Laura Ingalls Wilder I love this time of year–beautiful music, snow, twinkling lights, festive decorations […]

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