Personal Stories

Change Happens

»Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Change happens. No matter our situation in life there are always moments and passages of change that affect us. Sometimes change comes and hits us over the head like the strong man hammer at the carnival. It totally rings our bell! But, sometimes change quietly sneaks in and softly slides into the vacant seat next to us on the bus. It is so subtle we almost don’t notice it. Yes, change happens in various and different ways for each of us. It can be brought on by outside forces beyond our control, or it can be the result of our own choices and decisions. Either way, what happens next when we are face-to-face with change is what shapes and defines who we are. Maya Angelou says, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your...

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Plague of the White Rabbit

»Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Blog, Personal Stories | 4 comments

Authors note: Obviously, I am still struggling to take my own advice. I originally wrote this over a year ago and am just now getting time to post it. Note to self…need more time balance! Lately, my life is consumed with the plague of the white rabbit. Meaning, I am pretty much always shouting, “I’m late. I’m late. For a very important date.” Or task. Or deadline. No matter how fast I move; how many things I cross off my task list; no matter how late I go to bed and how early I get up, it seems there is always more that needs to be done. When did our lives get so hectic?  You would think with an overabundance of technology and time saving tools and appliances at our very fingertips, we would have time to lay around basking in a life of relaxing, memorable moments...

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The Naughty Pen

»Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Personal Stories | 2 comments

Authors note:  This little blog was an assignment for a recent on-line course entitled, “Retreat for the Writer’s Soul” by Melanie Steele.  This was a challenge to open ourselves up to our writer essence deep inside and spark our creativity.  The task was to write about anything at all for ten minutes and to not over think, over analyze or take ourselves too seriously.  This is my 10 minute writing.  Enjoy!  The Naughty Pen Where is that pen? You know, the pen! My favorite pen! How can I write without having that pen? It has the perfect size tip, the perfect blended color of ink. It is the perfect shape in my hand with exactly the right weight to it. I really can’t write without that pen. I just can’t. Did it fall off the desk? Is it under the...

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Parables from the Farm: Massey Harris and the Easter Message

»Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures, Personal Stories | 4 comments

Parables from the Farm: Massey Harris and the Easter Message

As parents we recognize immediately after they place that precious little child in our arms in the hospital, that we would do anything in our power to protect and nurture this priceless gift. I know for myself, that I would give my very last breath for my two kids (and now my grandson) if it meant their life and safety. Even in the animal world, the desire to nurture and protect can be found. This is the parable of Massey Harris. On our farm in Tillamook, Oregon, our kids each had different types of animal projects that they used for business and 4-H. Our son, Aaron had a very thriving and successful meat and show rabbit business. So successful in fact that he bought his first car at age 12 with the profits from his rabbit business…a classic 1966 mustang, which...

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#FictionFriday; It’s A Mystery

»Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Personal Stories | 0 comments

#FictionFriday; It’s A Mystery

We all love a good mystery. I think it’s in our human DNA.  Even at a young age when we would read to our kids growing up, the books that had an air of uncertainty and mystery always left them asking us to “read it again” or “read one more chapter.” What would happen next? We did not own a television in the Nice home until the kids were in junior high school, so naturally our evening family entertainment focused on board games and lots of reading. Our family favorite for many years was a series called, The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West. The first four books in this series were published by Doubleday & Company, Inc in 1953 and there are 33 books available. In doing a bit of sleuthing on google, I discovered that even  60 years later, The Happy...

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Spring on Tanglewood Farm

»Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures, Personal Stories | 1 comment

Spring on Tanglewood Farm

Authors note: The following story was written as an assignment at a recent writers retreat weekend. The assignment was to create a short story following a specific 8 paragraph format. The story had to have a specific beginning and end with some type of emotion or tension. I was very happy with my final product and wanted to share it with you today. cn Spring is my favorite time of year on the farm. Flowers burst open announcing a fresh new season. They spread open their pedals to welcome the warmth of the spring sun. Song birds return home to build their nests and birth a new generation of performers. Frogs climb out of the mucky warmth of their muddy hibernation to sing a new song that fills the evening air with a calliope of music. I love Spring on the farm. On...

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