Southern Tea Cakes for Juneteenth

This year I became aware of an American holiday called Juneteenth, celebrated for years by the African American community and hopefully becoming more widespread. It's celebrated on June 19 to commemorate when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. The news of their freedom had taken... Continue Reading →

The Art of Play-Queena Mast

2020 has been a wild ride so far, and it just so happened that I decided on January 1st that my New Year's Resolution would be to capture the year with my artistic bent. I paint one “official” 3 x 5 painting a week and post it on Facebook every Sunday What I don’t post... Continue Reading →

As a Mother

by Anita With all that's going on in the world and our country right now (pandemic, protests, police violence) it's been easy to feel overwhelmed, at a loss, and also--as a pale-skinned person living in the rural south--I confess to feeling disconnected*. But I read a story on NPR this week that really hit me... Continue Reading →

Edible Air-Queena Mast

This morning I made Eggs-in-a-Nest for our breakfast. I asked my son to cap some strawberries; he brought them to the table on a cutting board, balanced carefully, one on top of the other. My son's carefully stacked strawberries brought me back to the library of University of Delaware, 2005. I often poked about the... Continue Reading →

The Hard Work of Growing

The action of moving on, and not allowing circumstances or mind games to debilitate us, is where we find healing grace, transforming our hearts, at the deepest level.

Tried the Trend

by Anita On a scale of 1-10, how trendy are you? I'm probably a two. Maybe a one. Maybe it depends on the trend. At the moment my homeschooling, home-birthing, gardening, chicken-raising, bread-baking life seems pretty en vogue. However, mostly I'm a one or a two on trendiness, if I make the scale at all*.... Continue Reading →

A Grievance Aired

By Anna, a Cincinnatian Lots of cities have nicknames. The Big Apple. The Big Easy. The Emerald City. The Mile-High City. Cincinnati’s is The Queen City, which is lovely and appropriate, and taken directly from poetry, specifically the last stanza of Longfellow’s Catawba Wine: And this Song of the Vine,This greeting of mine,The winds and... Continue Reading →

Book Stack

by Anita I want to know--what's on your book stack? My last visit to the local public library was on March 12, and I've been working my way through the novels I picked up then. As you can see, I lean towards juvenile fiction--so easy to pick up and put down in these years with... Continue Reading →

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