Tag Archives: Writing

Shared Culture by the Lake

When we moved to Big Grove Township we had expectations about building a life here. These expectations spoke to our shared culture. We built a new home, settled into the public school community and began getting to know people as … Continue reading

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Glorious Summer of 2019

If August was a tough month, this summer has been one of the best in recent years. Moderate local temperatures with reasonable relative humidity, rain enough to help the garden grow, and friends meeting the challenge of growing flowers and … Continue reading

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Starting Again

Out of the ashes of lives past we are reborn. With last Thursday’s death of Mother, as well as that of our friend Lillian Davis, life continues. As we linger around funeral arrangements and schedules, phone calls and meet ups, … Continue reading

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Tomatoes on Everything!

The 2019 tomato harvest has begun. We have fresh tomatoes with every meal, for snacks, and with everything. We aren’t sick of them yet and work to preserve some of them is imminent. There’s a lot going on in the … Continue reading

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Six Weeks Until Autumn

It’s time to move on. Yet… I would linger in this spectacularly Iowa summer. It is a summer like those remembered from childhood. Long, warm days that stretch into a vanishing point. Cool nights to greet an early riser well … Continue reading

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When to Swallow the Red Pill

Trish Nelson will be returning to the editor’s desk next week. Among things she did while on hiatus was ride a couple days of RAGBRAI, posting this photograph of pies behind empty church pews. The image says something more although … Continue reading

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Waiting for Tomatoes

With late planting and heavy spring rain the garden has been a mixed bag. A highlight of every year is arrival of tomato season and planning the use of what I expect will be a good crop. The first tomatoes … Continue reading

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