Articles By: Shana Thornhill

Human interaction adds dimension to life

It seems like just yesterday that Darling Hubby and I fell in love with our house. We knew it would soon be offered for sale, and we just had to have it. While we waited for the previous owner to be ready, we fixed up our house in the big city and started to make our plans. Dear readers, we […]

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Making adjustments together

You just cannot make this stuff up. Up until recently, I had thought I was pretty good at adapting to rapid changes, even fairly adept at learning on the fly. Apparently I have quite a bit of room for improvement. Simply comparing today to even the not so recent past seems not just like comparing apples and oranges, but apples […]

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Seems as if we have taken paper for granted

What a week it’s been. Daylight Savings Time, Friday the thirteenth, and Spring Break beginning, to say nothing of Coronavirus and all of its attendant mayhem. My social media has been overrun with constant updates of new cases, new guidelines from state and federal health departments, and endless photos of empty shelves around the nation. Still, I’m thankful on many […]

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Getting through winter like an old wizened man would

Long, long ago in a land far, far away, a wizened old man lived alone in a little cottage on the moor. Some of the locals whispered that he was a wizard, but he himself would be the first to tell you otherwise. He just preferred his own company, and the visits of the local wildlife, to the hubbub of […]

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Bad decisions make good stories

If you had to describe yourself to someone else, how would you do it? Would you describe your looks, your heritage, your political leanings? Or would you strive more to describe who you are inside your skin, what makes you tick? Sometimes it’s hard to describe our true feelings and initiatives, to put those amorphous ideas into concrete words. But […]

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Even the cats are in the Christmas spirit

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Well, of course the mice weren’t stirring. We didn’t have any. My mother was very proud of running a tight ship during my childhood, and mice simply weren’t tolerated. Plus, there was the fact that we lived in town, which in […]

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Finding some reasons to be thankful

I turn my SUV into the pasture and follow the hedgerow to the back. The cloud of limestone dust rolls lazily down the road as I pull up near hubby’s truck. I open the door and swing down into the tall grass and start walking. The dry grass crunches beneath my feet as I approach the bent figure chainsawing through […]

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Lots of action lately with the cats

Kid, petting the cat: “This kitten has fur growing between his toes. Why does he have fur between his toes? The other cats don’t have that.” Me: “I don’t know, but I do know that it has a name. Do you know what they call that toe fur?” Kid: “What do you mean it has a name? Why would toe […]

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Noticing the art of a passing train

It’s a hot, sticky August afternoon. Going outdoors is like walking into a wet blanket. Cicadas buzz into the still air. But I’m free. The kids are back in school, and I’m going to shopping all by myself. You parents out there know what I’m talking about—shopping without kids is like a miniature vacation. I hop into my SUV, turn […]

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Taking in the skies with the kids

Look, a shooting star! Quick, make a wish! For as many times in my life as I’ve scanned the sky looking for a shooting star, only to finally make a wish…I can’t really say as any of those wishes have come true. I remember wishing for a certain toy, a certain item of clothing, or even for a certain person […]

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