Change Your Perspective To Hear Through the Noise

Life is loud. It used to be that cranked-up music disturbed the neighbors. Today those neighbors may not even be aware of the people next door. The new beat can shake the very foundation of our home. It filters in through every crack and crevice unless we're vigilant, and it's certainly not as beautiful as the seemingly innocent notes in yesterday's brain-thumping monster ballads of rock. We must walk through the exit every once in awhile before we forget how to find our escape. Continue Reading

It’s Up to You To Unwrap the Gift of Your New Year

new year's gift
You are blessed. I am blessed. We have been given the gift of a new day, the threshold of a new year. We can't count on another 365 days. We can relish this moment, this space in time when we are here ... present, active and willing to move into the next thing. Continue Reading

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Fruit and Nuts

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
This coffee cake is an early riser's dream come true! It's sweet and dense, and the addition of fruit and nuts gives delightful texture and bite. You can add a crumb topping, too, unless like me you fail to think clearly at 5 a.m. and forget. With or without, this coffee cake is a superb slice of morning motivation, and it pairs beautifully with coffee, tea or milk. Continue Reading

Swimming with Hellbenders On the Banks of Yellow Creek

Holding a hellbender for release
It's not every day a boy gets the chance to hold a snot otter. It's not every day a boy is invited to participate in something so cool and boyish and wet and muddy and ideal that he now looks for unique creatures in every body of water he visits. Continue Reading

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Cheddar

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Cheddar Cheese
This soup is the perfect combination of leftover summer sunshine, delightfully cool autumn afternoons and the promise of fall's colorful display. Enjoy! The leftovers are as tasty as the first spoonful. Best served on a brisk autumn day! Continue Reading

Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plain

PW Lodge Visit
Who has the cutest kitchenware, the longest concrete counter tops, and the grandest prairie views I've ever seen? Need a hint? Her cooking show airs Saturday mornings on Food Network. Continue Reading