How to Find Hope in Your Failure

Writers often receive these dreaded things called a rejection slip for a book, a poem, or an article One of my favorite authors, Madeleine L’Engle laments that “Every rejection slip—and you could paper walls with my rejection slips—was like the rejection of me.”  I can relate.  Writers might spend hours weaving the perfect nouns and…

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Grass-fed Beef: Unveiling the Secret Behind the Label

When you swipe your card to pay for “grass-fed” beef, you need to distinguish between a marketing ploy and authentic grass-fed beef. Labels that identify a package of beef as “grass-fed don’t always tell the whole story,” asserts grass-fed beef expert Jo Robinson. Articles and notes litter my desk about the controversial and complex grass-fed…

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What Everyone Should Know About Family Life

Family life is like a Smith Island cake. For generations, the women of Smith Island have mastered the art of the Smith Island cake. They skillfully assemble 8-10 layers of paper-thin buttery bliss to create a towered architectural wonder swathed in cooked, fudge frosting.  Even the most experienced, dexterous Smith Island bakers find themselves routinely…

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Spinach-Basil Pesto Recipe

PrintSpinach-Basil Pesto Ingredients2 cups of fresh spinach, stems removed 2 cups of fresh basil, stems removed 1 cup of garlic infused olive oil (or plain olive oil and add extra minced garlic) 1 tsp of course salt (or to taste) 1 tsp of minced garlic (or to taste) 1/2 cup of walnuts (budget friendly nut)…

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