Inspiration

October 3, 2013 - The Challenge Within

I’ve danced in the Starlight Roof Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, and I’ve milked a cow in a shack on the side of a dirt road on a farm down a remote Appalachian holler. There are contrasts in my life that sometimes seem huge, and indecipherable to outsiders and even sometimes...
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June 25, 2013 - Strength

I had a surprising feeling at the end of the day yesterday after this (and this). I received a lengthy Facebook comment on my CITR page suggesting I must feel guilty for not saving the fawn, which included this statement, “…and you do have a book coming out.” Let me say first that the day...
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April 1, 2013 - Happiness, Repeated

I’ve written about happiness several times on this website over the years. Happiness is a subject I’m interested in, as a purposeful goal, not a random happenstance. I looked back recently on the very first post I ever wrote about happiness and had mixed and new feelings about it. For one thing, that particular “moment”...
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November 23, 2012 - Odd Phenomenon

Over the past year, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon in my life as a single woman. First, there’s the disbelief that you would leave a man if you didn’t already have another man, followed by the expectation that, in the extraordinary case that this should be true, after all, that you aren’t forthwith set upon...
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November 9, 2012 - A Small Treatise on Hardship

Various dictionaries define hardship as follows: “Severe suffering or privation.” “Conditions of life difficult to endure.” “Something hard to bear.” Religious leaders, prophets, monks, and the like historically sought out hardship. (Alas, not political leaders. It would be a good idea that should start now, don’t you think?) When we look back at historical figures...
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March 14, 2012 - Snap

I knew a man who often gifted me with things that were out of the norm, not something you’d find in a magazine gift guide for sure. An elderberry bush. A vintage KitchenAid. A box of day-old goslings. A cow. He was thoughtful at keying in on just the things I wanted, but wouldn’t buy...
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March 8, 2012 - Three Minutes

This post is sponsored by Clorox. That means Clorox is paying me some money to write this post. I’m pretty excited about that, so go buy some Clorox products today! I think I’m going to use the money Clorox is paying me to build a chicken house, and I can tell you for sure that...
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January 27, 2012 - How to Write a Memoir

It occurred to me that some of you might be interested in memoir writing, and since I learned something in this process, I thought I’d share it with you. I’ve been a professional writer all of my adult life, but had absolutely no idea how to write a memoir. I believed I had a story...
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June 14, 2011 - This Life

I can remember a time when I drove down the somewhat remote potholed road in front of the house where my father grew up, saying, “I don’t know how anyone could live out here. What would they do in the winter?” Potholed it may be, but that road is actually paved. Sort of, in a...
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January 26, 2011 - A Walk in Bare Trees

I walk amongst the trees. These are my trees. I own a forest! I miss the leaves. I miss green. I miss Spring. I am impatient for her, in all her fickle, sodden ways–her downpours, her chill winds, her late snows, and her overcast skies. I miss her for her bursting buds and clear sun...
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January 12, 2011 - A Happy Card

It’s snowing. It’s January, and in West Virginia, that means it’s supposed to snow or it wouldn’t be January in West Virginia. It would be July in the Bahamas! (Or January in the Bahamas, for that matter.) For some reason, I’m finding this winter more difficult than previous winters. Or I have just forgotten how...
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October 30, 2010 - Dream and Do

When I posted about possibly writing a book, and asked what sort of book I should write, a number of people requested a book telling how I did it. How I came to live on this farm. Some suggested an “instructables” sort of thing. If I do ever write a book including that sort of...
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October 14, 2008 - Frugal is the New Black

With all economic news in the media, frugal is suddenly in. People who live in the country are now ahead of the curve–only they never paid attention to the curve to begin with and they don’t care if they’re ahead of it or behind. Frugal is a lifestyle in the country, not a reaction. There...
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April 11, 2008 - I Want to Remember

Today is my birthday. I tried to think of all the birthdays I remembered and I could come up with only a handful, most of which involved parties when I was little. Which led me to thinking about the ordinary days of life and how many of those I remember. You know, now that I...
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January 13, 2008 - This Post Is Stunning

I spent a day recently with a woman I haven’t been able to forget. She’s a distant relative. I had never seen her before and I may never see her again. The first thing she said when we met was, “You are stunning!” Wow, I liked her right off the bat. We spent the day...
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January 11, 2008 - A Small Treatise on Happiness

(Gratuitous cat photo.) A friend said to me recently, “I love reading your blog because you sound so happy.” I do? I do! I even sound happy to me. I didn’t know anyone else noticed. I was quick to remind her that my life isn’t perfect. But I do love my life, and that is...
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December 26, 2007 - The Road Home

This is the road to our new farmhouse. There are no guard rails, or pavement beneath your wheels. It’s a hard road to travel. You can’t speed down it even if you want to, but there are things to discover along the way. And something beautiful at the end. Many of the people down this...
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