All Fired Up

All Fired Up

Old Man Winter had a firm grip on that long ago February morning in the Alberta foothills. To walk the quarter mile uphill from our farmhouse to the main road where we’d catch the school bus, Mom had wrapped me in multiple layers Only a small slit across my eyes was...
A Tale of Two Tomcats

A Tale of Two Tomcats

My sister Shirley and I love cats and always have. Years before she married Harvey, he and his mother gave Shirley a tabby kitten. Furious at being trapped and relocated, the little guy earned the name of Yowler. He’d been born and lived quite comfortably in Harvey’s...
Christmas in Her Heart

Christmas in Her Heart

This simple yet remarkable true Christmas story from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies will lift your spirit and warm your heart. The aromatic promise of an epic Christmas dinner filled our farmhouse. Mom wrestled an enormous homegrown turkey from the oven of the...
So what are we having?

So what are we having?

Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s woven together with memories of special people, fun celebrations and, of course, great food. I asked two outstanding Texas cooks, Elizabeth (Liz) Ripple of Fayetteville and Linda Harris of Conroe, to each share a favorite Thanksgiving...
It’s Peanut Time in Texas

It’s Peanut Time in Texas

The delicious aroma of homegrown peanuts slowly roasting in the kitchen on a chilly afternoon transports Joyce Hanzelka and Beverly Freeman back in time. The Texas natives, one who still lives on a farm and the other now an urban dweller, recall treasured autumn...
Champions of Second Chances – Part II

Champions of Second Chances – Part II

Carol MacKay can’t walk past a bin of vintage portraits forlornly gathering dust in an antique store or thrift shop. She feels compelled to stop and look through the stack of discarded images. She carefully scrutinizes the front and the back of each picture. “I always...