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I Grew Up on a Farm in Virginia

Monday’s Rewind Foreword – This is the first in a series of posts that I originally posted in early 2014. These are stories about my growing up in Virginia on a farm. It will cover roughly 20 years–maybe more. I … Continue reading

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Radishes – A Childhood Flashback

You never know what is going to evoke some distant memory. This summer, we put in a “real” garden for the first time in many years—and that is only because my neighbor kindly agreed to let me use a corner … Continue reading

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Tuesday Topics – The Bald Cypress Tree

Tuesday Topics – Nature  The Bald Cypress is a unique tree: it can thrive in standing water, it has “knees” that act as snorkels for its roots, and it is a conifer (usually evergreens) but it loses it needles every … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story: The Perfect Christmas Tree…Sort of…

It was the second week in December. I was fourteen or fifteen years old and I was taller and, some even said, a bit more mature than most my age. My father would suggest there were lapses in the maturity … Continue reading

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Fond Memories (of Barbed Wire)

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Early Mornings – A Special Morning Canvas (c. 1954)

Since my earliest childhood, I have enjoyed something about each morning. Perhaps I was influenced by my father. Living on a farm meant—for him, and therefore me, too—having to start at sunrise to complete all of the tasks demanded to … Continue reading

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Water Skiing with my Father – Part 2

From the time we first started learning to ski, we took turns pulling each other. The challenge was getting my father up on the skis, but he could not get the skis, tow rope, acceleration, and balance coordinated long enough … Continue reading

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A Modest (Book) Proposal

Category: I Grew Up on a Farm in Virginia Growing up on the farm, probably in high school, I made a large, poster sized map of the farm. The basic map was a topographical map, showing elevations, roads, symbols for … Continue reading

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Lizards, Turtles and Snakes, Oh My! – Snakes Part 1

Category: I Grew Up on a Farm in Virginia From as far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated with all creatures, but especially reptiles and amphibians. My parents encouraged my curiosity. Lois knew most of the reptiles … Continue reading

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Searching for Fossils – Many More Walks

Category: I Grew Up on a Farm in Virgina Exploring the Beach Many of my experiences are associated with my walks—the walks were the key to my discovery and learning process. The river, from the marsh to just before curve … Continue reading

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