Redbud—Precursor of Spring

“Sometimes all a winter-worn heart needs is the tiniest bud of a flower to hear the entire symphony of springtime break forth.”c e hollis I saw on the redbud outside my bedroom window a faint glimmer. Yes, I saw a dusty shimmer almost gray, almost dusty rose—a mildest pink tinge running along the branches. Maybe... Continue Reading →

Looking For Spring

“Nothing teaches us hope like the lingering winter.”c e hollis When the hyacinth perfumes the garden and daffodils dance in the wind like cream-winged fairies, I am ready for spring. I am ready for southern winds to blow warm back into the land, icicles to drip and disappear, the last patches of snow to turn... Continue Reading →

Food for Comfort

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. Our daily bread—food. Bread is the food... 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 →

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