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Category: Embers from the Fire

Embers on the Move!

June 1, 2023
It was three years ago in April that I started writing the weekly blog Embers From the Fire. Writing the blog initially was a reaction to the COVID pandemic. As the country engaged in lockdowns in an attempt to control

First Crop

May 13, 2023
  Dandelion: definition; noun Vegetation; a perpetual perennial that flourishes in any soil despite not being planted knowingly; resists eradication due to prolific nature and determined disposition.  Resilient to grass mowing and proven to repopulate one’s yard the day after


May 5, 2023
Many may think of spring as the time for flowers and fresh, green leaves on trees.  But if you hurry through anything meaningful in life, you miss much of the wonder along the way.  And, is there anything fuller of wonder, fuller

Silent Spring

April 27, 2023
  Spring does not seem to come silently.  From the first drip of snowmelt, spring is a season that plays on the ear.  Even in the lowly ditch of the farm field the water drops quickly gather and begin to

Wild Daffodils

April 22, 2023
About 25 years ago we planted daffodil bulbs on the south side of our house where they would bloom the earliest.  We enjoyed the bright yellow blooms in April for years.  But 10 years ago, we decided to have a

Full Chorus

April 13, 2023
  This week Spring took up its baton, tapped the musical score for attention and brought the full orchestra to life in a rousing and rising crescendo.  The mornings and evenings were already building the past two weeks.  The string

Gathering In

April 7, 2023
Last evening Michelle and I went in search of swans.  These last weeks of March and first weeks of April are typically the time when the trumpeter swans use the farm fields in northeastern Wisconsin, flooded by melting snow, as

Coming Clean

April 7, 2023
I remember the year distinctly – 1998.  I remember the day distinctly – it was the morning of November 5th.  What I remember most was the “not thrilled” look on my wife’s face. The look started at the same time

In the Balance

March 24, 2023
In the Balance March had pushed itself into late February.  The little snow that had fallen was dry and powdery so what was still on the ground had seemed to evaporate more than melt during a week of springish days


March 18, 2023
The truest measuring rod of the annual tug of war between Winter and Spring is the icicle.  I remember as a child with very limited artistic ability, drawing pictures of our house huddled and shivering in the deep freeze of