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The icy grip of Mother Nature

Nor’easter #3 brought frigid temperatures and high winds, but thankfully, only about eight inches of snow this time.  Schools once again closed and the plows spent most of the day running back and forth along the roads clearing the snow drifts.  Since it’s no use trying to fight Mother Nature, I decided to embrace the…

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Another Nor’easter

In my neck of the woods, snowstorms are a common occurrence.  Six inches of snow is just a dusting.  Twelve inches of snow is a nuisance.  Eighteen inches of snow is a slight inconvenience.  Even a Nor’easter that dumps twenty inches of snow and knocks out the power for a few days is taken in…

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Phil, you’re an a**hole

After weeks and weeks of subzero temperatures, ice, sleet and howling snowstorms, we all had our fingers crossed that Mr. Punxsutawney Phil would give us hope with his annual prognostication. Instead, that nefarious rodent dashed all our early spring dreams and handed down a sentence of another six weeks of winter.  And to ensure his…

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Shhhhhh….

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Teresa

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For auld lang syne, my dear

Let’s face it… I have more of a chance of getting hit by a bolt of lightning while tap dancing on the barn roof, than I do of keeping any New Year’s resolutions.  So this year, I’m going to be practical and set the bar low for myself and my family…real, real low. 2018 FAMILY…

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Silent Night and an outbreak of spontaneous humanity

In December, 1914, the world was caught up in the horrors of World War I.  But on Christmas Eve, on the battlefields of Flanders, the guns of the Allied and German troops fell silent.  Soon, the sounds of war were replaced by the beautiful melody of “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” (“Silent Night, Holy Night”) emanating…

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BRAmageddon Part III – Busty and Gusty

The morning started out with a slight breeze.  The flag at the barn danced gracefully in the wind.  The hay in the field gently swayed.  A few leaves tumbled from the oak trees.  Even the cows were blissfully unaware of the bad weather on the horizon. Lately, our local weatherman has consistently missed the mark…

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Harvest moon and farming folklore

I think the old farmers knew a thing or two about the inner workings of Mother Nature.  They were able to predict the weather, the movements of animals and planting and harvesting times, all by simply paying attention to the world around them. The old timer up the road (although full of bullsh*t most of…