2016 Newsletters

# 41 -Here in the Midwest it looks as though we are on the downside of winter as our temperatures soar into the 70’s this week. I fear we are not yet done with the icy breath of the season – nor should we be. It’s only February! Still, the sun feels good. It’s been awhile since I’ve written you; but today I have a couple of job possibilities and a good story so please, read on!  ....... Click here to read more February 2016

# 42 -I couldn’t state it better than our Missouri Prairie Foundation Executive Director did below and in the attached announcement. American prairies really can and do evoke our national spirit. Our native grassland remnants are a reminder of our heritage as our forebears moved across rich, fertile lands to follow the bison herds and celebrate the freedom which prairies represent....... Click here to read more March 2016

# 43 -We had a fire in early Spring, which is why you haven’t heard from me. All organisms (humans, quadrupeds, tri-peds [We have a 3-legged cat]) survived and we’re busy rebuilding all but the outer shell. At the risk of “telling” you how to feel, I’d like to just say please, don’t worry. We are living a delightful life in a camper in the driveway of the farm; and the whole thing has served as a grounding recalibration. We’re also enjoying the songs of dickcissels, field sparrows, meadowlarks, barred owls and coyotes with an unimpeded ear...... Click here to read more July 2016

# 44 - “Most of all, though, he asked his students to be brave. Without bravery, he instructed, they would never be able to Realize the vaulting scope of their own capacities. Without bravery, they would never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, their lives would remain small – far smaller than they probably wanted their lives to be.” Elizabeth Gilbert, on Jack Gilbert in the book Big Magic..... Click here to read more October 2016

# 45 - I am in the enviable position of having six “Other Daughters” those daughters of dear friends who share their thoughts with me and who I am able to offer whatever wisdom I have gained – from paddling a canoe to dealing with personal challenges. This morning one of my Other Daughters sent me Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, a heartfelt speech filled with love of country and a call to action to become involved or increase our engagement to keep the United States moving forward now and into the future..... Click here to read more November 2016

# 46 - The first snow is falling here and has brought to mind how time passes - and in that time how we have a responsibility to learn all we can, do all we can, celebrate all we can and venerate all we can. So much vitriol has accompanied our Summer and Autumn that the peace of this first snow brings a restful pause for which I am thankful.... Click here to read more December 2016