Stories from the Slow Lane 

What’s a miniature donkey to do?

What’s a miniature donkey to do?

Back in 2006, Hansl was in big trouble. The miniature donkey had broken out of his Fayette County, Texas, pasture once too often. His owner, who already had given the scallywag several second chances, was out of patience. Hansl had to go.   ‘Go where?’ Hansl must...

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Be My (Vintage) Valentine

Be My (Vintage) Valentine

I’m glad I’m not the only one who is sentimental about old valentines. Here are four sweet samples! 1. Denise Woodyard of La Grange, Texas, prizes the elaborate over-sized valentine her 19-year-old dad, Jack, sent his mother from Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 1944, years...

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Rag Rug Redemption

Rag Rug Redemption

"You don’t wash handmade braided rag rugs, you beat them,” I explained to my husband.  Emil still turned up his nose at the once-handsome rug sticking out of the plastic sack on top of my luggage. “I don’t care,” he replied. “It’s filthy. It smells, and it’s not...

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Great Galloping Guineas!

Great Galloping Guineas!

  You, too, can have organic pest control with surround sound. “Just how long do guineas live?” asked my husband, Emil, as we watched Wilda the Widow slip by the south side of the house on her way to check the grasshopper-free perimeter. At six years of age, Wilda was...

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