This morning we drove into town to do some errands and I nearly smiled myself silly at the leaves on the trees, little puffs-of-air leaves filling the branches like green clouds settling down on the trees. And dandelions and forsythia and brilliant yellow daffodils glowed like scattered decorations along the road. After a long winter…Read more A Rush of Joy
Jim and I both grew up in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Not only is Bradford County considered a rural county, we lived in the countryside of Bradford County. Jim’s school district had no red lights when we grew up, so driver’s ed students went to Towanda, my school district to learn about driving in traffic where…Read more Bradford County Power
by Carol Brennan King April 14, 2018 The teacher said “Duck and Cover.” That meant that we…Read more Duck and Cover
“Well, I guess it’s time,” he said, his eyes on the road as we approached the light on Route 6 in Factoryville. “The time for what?” I asked thinking through all of the possibilities: use our Panera card, the one we got as a gift and forgot about, time to change our tires? Not likely.…Read more In the Middle
The alarm shook us out of a heavy sleep and out of bed at 5:00 am. Yes, you read right, 5am. I had showered the night before and laid out our clothes and morning meds…allergy pills and a statin, I think that’s the one we take in the morning. Clothes pulled on and coffee promised…Read more Down Route 81! We found it!
Saturday, I heard the power click off. Well, not the power exactly, the humidifier stopped bubbling and I think it was the silence that actually woke me up. I still don’t know what made the power go off but we checked with PPL and they said it would be off until early afternoon. What to…Read more The Power Was Out
My parents brought me home to a farm out Burlington Turnpike, up the hill from Monroeton. Our collie babysat me, read that kept me on the blanket in the side yard while my mother hung clothes or pulled weeds in the kitchen garden. I think that legitimately grants me the labels Country Kid or Farm…Read more What does your label read?
If you could see the gardens at our house, the ones on either side of the driveway and the one behind the house, you would see an assortment of rocks and even some shells. No, it’s not because we live in Pennsylvania, the place where God deposited all the rocks left over from creation. These…Read more Pennsylvania Rocks Repurposed
Did your parents walk two miles to school uphill both ways no matter how deep the snow was? I think a lot of us can remember a story something like that when we complained about the walking to school or the bus stop when it was raining or snowing or so cold your nose…Read more Country Life
No, I didn’t mean Snot Days, but I bet it got your attention. I did mean Snow Days, like the ones you looked forward to as a school kid, not the ones that drove you to the grocery store as a parent to make sure you had bread and milk and toilet paper. I mean…Read more Snot Days!