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We woke up yesterday to a land of winter. Fresh snow was piled onto old snow, and the forecast warned of 10 more inches. We had spent the week cross country skiing, preparing trees for maple sugar and sledding. The week of … Continue reading

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Homemade Beauty?

I vacillate between accumulating commercial beauty supplies and purging chemical-laden products from my collection. Usually the purges occur after discovering I’m pregnant or after reading about the harmful chemicals lurking in so many of our beauty products. The bathroom trash will be … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Hot Cross Buns

This week, my parents provided us with free babysitting and a free car rental. (Both of our cars are leaving dark, worrisome stains on the driveway.) In exchange for their help, I baked them a batch of hot cross buns. It … Continue reading

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Book Review: Money Secrets of the Amish

In late 2008, the toppling of the financial firm Lehman Brothers seemed to shake every financial institution in America. While Americans across the nation floundered to meet their payments and banks begged for government help, NPR reported that the financial system in Lancaster County, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dragons of the Valley

I generally dislike books written specifically for teenagers and preteens.  As a teacher, I prefer students to devote their time reading good literature instead of empty novels. Teenagers are mature enough to understand and gain from great writers, and even … Continue reading

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The Russians Are Coming

I became concerned when our first daffodils budded in March. I both rejoiced and sighed at every blossoming cherry tree I spied. I begged roadside dandelions not to bloom until the middle of April, telling them that they will be able rewarded … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Cleaner Plate Club”

Recently, I’ve begun exploring the culinary world outside of wheat, chicken breasts and romaine lettuce. My tastes buds have ventured into plates of turnips and cardoon, and they plan future endeavors in celeriac, kohlrabi, and even liver. In pursuit of … Continue reading

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