family life, gardening, outdoors

Appalachian spring

" ... when the world is mud-luscious ... when the world is puddle-wonderful..." E.E. Cummings, American poet There are still patches of dirt-speckled snow on the ground here and there. There will probably be a fresh layer or two to come. But, winter's grip is broken in this part of Appalachia. It's true. Birds are whoop-de-doing… Continue reading Appalachian spring

family life

Secrets from my children

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanack" She almost caught me. Just when I was looking longingly at a newspaper circular for elastic-waisted pants -- the mom jeans to end all mom jeans -- my youngest daughter strolled through the kitchen. I flipped the paper over… Continue reading Secrets from my children