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Porch Swings and Spring Peepers

Just at dusk I walked down to put several letters in our rural mailbox. It was so lovely and warm that I sat down on the cushionless porch swing. The spring peepers were trilling their songs in our pond off … Continue reading

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November

I track November’s sun as it skims the southern horizon. Where once it set behind our orchard in the northwest in June, it now sets behind the barn in the southwest, never high enough in the sky to generate any … Continue reading

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BEFORE THE RAIN

My cell phone has a strident alert feature announcing severe weather. It startles me, sending little shivers up my back in terror of some impending calamity. Nature sends us more subtle warnings that signal a change in the weather: a … Continue reading

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BEFORE THE RAIN

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COUNTRY LIVING – HOME OF THE FREE BUT NOT SO BRAVE

Like many of you, I spent Memorial Day weekend outside. In western Pennsylvania, we were blessed with three days of gorgeous weather, after a winter that refused to let go for months. My husband and I are the owners of … Continue reading

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JANUARY

I heard January in the wind last night, tearing the last oak leaves from their branches and whining through the long needles of the White Pine. January seeped beneath the doorsill, leaving frost in its wake. It carved trails in … Continue reading

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DECEMBER

December jealously hoards her snow through early thaws, piling it deep in the woods in dingy mounds, beneath the hemlocks sheltering boughs. She breathes out frosty fog, layering mist shrouded blankets, to cradle the fledgling winter chill. December mornings sparkle … Continue reading

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