The Watcher at the Gate: Friend or Foe?

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net Happy Fall, Readers! Life has been busy here with the back to school activities and an increased teaching load. I finally found a small window this week to write. Every semester, my Freshmen Composition students read “The Watcher at the Gate” by Gail Godwin. Her words address an issue that … Continue reading

“In the arms of an angel…”

The suicide of Robin Williams dredged up some old, painful memories for me. In high school, I worked at the local college Sport’s Complex. I had fun banter with a college art teacher for several years. His name was Burt Fink. He committed suicide when I was in high school. Later, at a friend’s youth … Continue reading

For the Love of Music-Summer Edition

In the midst of this busy summer, I have been learning a new instrument, the McNally Strumstick (or as my eldest, an accomplished guitarist calls it, guitars for dummies). The Strumstick is what I would call a travel or campfire guitar. Only sporting three strings, it is similar to the mountain dulcimer. The sound carries … Continue reading

Photo of the Month: New Arrivals

Photo of the Month: New Arrivals

The newest member of the herd…he is a 1/2 Savanna, 3/8 Kiko, and 1/8 Boer. Living in the country has changed our lives in so many positive ways. We should have done this 15 years ago!

Down on the Farm

  We have added some new farm animals and had some new adventures here at Cairn Hill Farms. In addition to our flock of chickens and Heritage Turkeys, we purchased two goats and two lambs. They are settled in, but not without some challenge. The large goat (named Darryl by the high school building and … Continue reading

Coconut Oil: The New Windex

  Just like Kosta’s humorous uses for Windex from “My Big, Fat Greek Wedding,” coconut oil has a long list of healthy applications for our daily lives. I decided to see what all the hype was about and try a few suggestions. The kids tease me quite a bit, “Hey Mom, I broke my ankle! … Continue reading

Gettysburg, Ghosts, and Getaways

Despite yesterday’s flurries, I think spring has finally arrived. We had a pleasant long weekend in Gettysburg during spring break. Below is a quick post, highlighting some of our adventures: We stayed at General Lee’s Headquarters and were fortunate enough to have the upstairs room in the actual stone building where Robert E. Lee met … Continue reading