Food for Comfort

Elece's cinnamon rolls and Penny's wheat bread Bread is the earth’s essential food. It's the staff of life. We call it so speaking of all foods that nourish us and give us life. We may not mean sugary frosted cinnamon rolls, but I am certain that we all use the term for food in general.... Continue Reading →

Snow on the Hill

“Snowfall is delightful and welcome when it robes the brown and muddy landscape of winter in dazzling white.” Snowfall New fallen snow—there is not a sight much prettier on the winter landscape than this. Snow comes softly and silently to cover a multitude of sins. It covers what summer leaves had hidden and what autumn... Continue Reading →

Out on the Farm

“A walk in the country is as curative to the heart and soul as an afternoon spent at a spa is to the body." It is mid-winter in Oklahoma and yet there dawn days we may take for granted—days when the wind stops to catch its breath and lays low for a short nap. The... Continue Reading →

Sky-Tunes

With the glories of sunrises and sunsets only the beginning—only the opening notes—the sky sings. It swirls with color, movement of wind and clouds, bird flight, starlight, moonshine. It prances with flowers, swaying moving shade trees, fluttering falling autumn leaves, snowflakes and drifting clouds. We flinch at lightning bolts in a rain storm and exalt... Continue Reading →

Winter Farmland Photos

When winter comes to this Oklahoma farm and ranch land, we harvest our pecans, and tend our small herd of cows, feeding them on hay we cut and baled in the summer. We pasture them on winter grasses and alfalfa hay. Fence building and mending and pasture work goes on here all year long. The... Continue Reading →

Putting Away Christmas

“Let’s not put away Christ with the Christmas trappings.”c e hollis After New Year’s Day, I undo the ornaments and lights from the tree and pack them up in boxes to return to a plastic tub in the upstairs bedroom closet. The nativity scene, the stained-glass ornaments I painted with the children years ago, the... Continue Reading →

Winter Photos of the Farm

Frost edges the fallen oak and sycamore leaves in the early morning. Some are like Christmas cookies—gingerbread men with a dusting of confectioner's sugar. The redbud tree has dropped all its heart-shaped leaves and is draped now with seed pods that will eventually drop tiny black seeds after the winds of winter sufficiently weather their... Continue Reading →

The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep

“Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.” Proverbs 27:10b "The woods are lovely dark and deep," words from Robert Frost's beloved poem Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening. Tonight there was no snow. None this evening or this morning or yesterday, even though snow was forecast.... Continue Reading →

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