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Image Over the River and Across the Mountain
By Sharon Brown on December 24, 2015

It's a time for remembering.

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Image A Letter to My Grandson
By Sharon Brown on July 18, 2014

It's Ethan's birthday today and I want him to know about the best birthday gift ever; I got it when I was 10 years old. And today, July 18, 2014, Ethan is 10 years old.

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Image Thanksgiving: Here, There and Everywhere
By Sharon Brown on November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is the rare holiday that has no boundaries. It doesn't belong exclusively to any particular culture, it isn't always celebrated on a particular date; it seems to have no beginning nor does it have an end. But one thing is very clear, giving thanks for a bountiful harvest has been celebrated for thousands of years.

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Image Granny Ninna's Autumn Birthday
By Sharon Brown on October 14, 2013

I thought the leaves changed color to celebrate my Granny Ninna's birthday, and the full moon was the brightest candle for her cake. "Oh no," she said, "there's a reason . . ."

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Image Blue Gardens, Lamb Tales and Amaryllis
By Sharon Brown on February 24, 2013

We have something new in our Blue Gardens Cubit and we've saved a spot for you!

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Image Times, they are a' changin'
By Sharon Brown on January 20, 2013

Many years ago, after the disappearance of Old Pied and the appearance of store bought butter onto our dinner table, my Granny Ninna gave me her old butter mold. The times, they were a'changin', she said.

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Image Happy New Year!
By Sharon Brown on December 31, 2012

Did you ever wonder about special days, how they came to be designated as holidays? Did you know that for years and years March 1 was considered the New Year? Strangely enough, even that long ago, politicians and religious leaders controlled the calendar.

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Image Much ado about nature
By Sharon Brown on May 27, 2012

It's Memorial Day weekend and our thoughts turn to those who are no longer with us. I hope our thoughts also turn to the treasures they left behind.

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Image Foggy mornings
By Sharon Brown on May 10, 2012

The fog comes on little cat feet with the groundhogs' morning coffee.

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Image It's a spring for Irises
By Sharon Brown on April 22, 2012

I have a ton of shortcomings; I just hate to admit to this one. I have sorely neglected my irises, I really have. But I swear, I promise to do much better; I really really will. And if you take time to read this, please don't look at the weeds. I honestly have no excuses.

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Image Spring, it comes right early
By Sharon Brown on March 18, 2012

It was the crack of dawn and I was hardly awake. She leaned down and whispered, "Wake up! Spring, it comes right early this year."

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Image Looking back
By Sharon Brown on January 1, 2012

Sometimes we must look back in order to see what's in front of us.

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Image Aunt Bett, Red Clover and the Ghost Boy
By Sharon Brown on February 5, 2011

For those of you who don't know, Aunt Bett was my mother's aunt. With great patience she taught me all about the plants that grew in the Appalachian mountains of southeast Kentucky. We wandered all over those mountains, Aunt Bett and I. I like to think she enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Image Porter
By Sharon Brown on November 14, 2010

I lost a much loved pet recently, many of you read about my garden cat, Cupcake. Other friends of mine also lost their pets. Sometimes I think the more we love, the more we grieve, and pets are no exception. This is the story of Porter, a much loved dog who belonged to my friends.

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Image Chili and Roses
By Sharon Brown on October 31, 2010

Today was a lovely autumn day. The sun was brilliant and there was a nip in the air. I decided it was a perfectly good day for chili, and while it simmered on my stove, I took a little walk outside.

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Image One Moment in Time: Heart Attack!
By Sharon Brown on July 31, 2010

Sometimes a week lasts all seven days. Sometimes it seems to drag on and on forever. But sometimes, the week and all that was in it can be gone in the blink of an eye. For Frank and Jackie Muncy, this was a week for a miracle. Perhaps if we know of it, it could provide a similar miracle in our own lives.

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Image Good Night, Cupcake
By Sharon Brown on July 12, 2010

Cupcake was a garden kitty. In the heat of summer days, she slept in the shade of my daylilies, and on cooler days, she sunned herself on top of my brick arches. Cupcake was a stray, and she really belonged to no one, but I belonged to her.

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Image Violet Syrup and Green Lemonade
By Sharon Brown on June 29, 2010

Summer is upon us, and so are stifling hot days. Most of us curl up in a cool air conditioned house, pop the top on a cold drink, and settle down with a good book. But some of us remember those days before there were tops to pop, and home air conditioning was only a glimmer in somebody's mind. What did we do to stay cool?

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Image I thought it was spring....
By Sharon Brown on March 31, 2010

It's the last day of March. It was spring eleven days ago, wasn't it? Then where are my blooms?

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Image Hot Popping Color
By Sharon Brown on March 16, 2010

Whether it's an act of nature, or a best laid plan, your gardens no doubt have color schemes. If you had it to do all over again, what could you do to make your gardens come alive? Color? You betcha!

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