Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Old Oak Tree

On a winter day in 2006, the old oak tree in the back yard came down with a devastating crash. It had faithfully stood there shading the entire house and yard for over a century, stretching its incredibly strong arms … Continue reading

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The Call

7:oo am, Thursday morning. Phone rings. The voice is unrecognizable to me as I groggily sit up in bed trying to figure out who this might be. They speak in familiar ways as if we chat this time every day, … Continue reading

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Tuscan Thanksgiving

Years ago before visiting Florence for the first time, I remember thinking that it was probably some Mediterranean wonderland—balmy, blue skies and all that stuff. After all, if you take a spin around the rivieras from Spain, across France and … Continue reading

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Cheering Nature On

The first time I experienced the Italian hunters I was shocked! Growing up in the wilds of our Indianapolis suburb wasn’t what anyone would call an encounter with nature by any stretch of the imagination. Other than Dads’ Sears BB … Continue reading

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Seeing Stars

I looked up and saw something incredible. There on the hill across the valley was the star that I had all but forgotten about. It’s actually a deep woods surrounded by olive groves and old farm houses, where the edges … Continue reading

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