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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas



Everywhere I goooooo… As a result, I have suggestions and ideas! I am planning to buy more, yet less, this holiday season. More local food, art, produce, and music; less mass-produced crap! Are you IN? Here are a few options: – Buy a tree for someone, even if it’s only 2 feet tall. Trees are […]

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I love pumpkins and gourds.  They must be the most cheerful things on Earth.  Fields of soybeans lit up by sunset aren’t bad, either.  John and I made a quick trip out to Wiltse’s in Maple Park this afternoon to begin our pumpkin shopping.  (Notice, I said begin pumpkin shopping…)  We met some cute little […]

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Farmageddon, the Movie



I saw Farmageddon yesterday, the documentary by Kristin Canty.  What a pleasant surprise — Ms. Canty was there and took our questions.  She is one bright and reasonable human being and she had no idea what she was getting into by creating this film.  Following her path and stating her beliefs are probably straining her personal […]

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Seven Hundred Miles on Saturdays



Barbara Kingsolver got me out of my local chain grocery, into the Guzzler, and out to the farms.  I thank her mentally for writing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and I thank my Mom and sister for telling me to read the book.  The narrative covers a year in the life of Kingsolver’s family, once they chose to move from the drought of […]

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Geneva French Market


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This morning we got up and went to Geneva, Illinois to visit the French Market.  It’s awesome.  I could almost make this a pictorial instead of an article, but I have things to say.  The French Market takes place every Sunday morning between April and October and it is open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  You […]

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Alpacas and Art



I was invited to participate in the annual June Open House at Waldron Grove Alpaca Farm, so I did!   I like Susan Waldron and her herd of alpacas.  I was happy to have the opportunity to put this blog in front of new folks and the Waldron farm is delightful.  The doors opened early Saturday, but due to another commitment I […]

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