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So That’s Where the Can Opener Went

So That’s Where the Can Opener Went

So that's where the can opener went. That was my first thought when I cleaned out the dishwasher at our son and daughter-in-law's house not too long ago. It was the can opener of my childhood and a good one at that. The narrow end made prying the caps off pop bottles...

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Mom’s Apple Dumplings Embraced by a New Generation

Mom’s Apple Dumplings Embraced by a New Generation

Mom's apple dumplings (as in author Jolene Philo's mom and not fictional protagonist Jane Newell's mom) were mouthwateringly good. My mom learned how to make them from her mother, who made them in a huge, metal dishpan to feed her large family. Neither Mom or her mom...

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It Could Be Worse. It Could Be -45°.

It Could Be Worse. It Could Be -45°.

It could be worse. It could be -45°. That was my first thought when I scrolled through Facebook and saw the low temperatures my friends, both near and far, were posting. Curious, I checked the local temperature on my phone. "It's -21°," I told my husband. He shook his...

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Jane Threw Her Bible Away

Jane Threw Her Bible Away

Jane threw her Bible away years before she moved to Little Missouri. Her lack of faith is a major player in See Jane Run! Finding a way to show rather than tell readers why Jane threw her Bible away was a real challenge. My daughter, who is doing a final consistency...

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To Take an Editor’s Advice–or Not–Is Tricky Business

To Take an Editor’s Advice–or Not–Is Tricky Business

To take an editor's advice or not is, at least in my book, is a tricky business. In this case, the book is See Jane Run! I cut my fiction writing teeth on this story. Writing the manuscript took the better part of ten years with interruptions due to the births of 4...

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Bone Broth: When Old-Fashioned Goes Vogue

Bone Broth: When Old-Fashioned Goes Vogue

Bone broth is a new fancy, schmancy name for what I've been making for years. I first made it in the late 1970s after we moved to Harding County. Only we didn't use the now trendy term "bone broth." If we boiled a chicken or turkey carcass in a pot of water for a...

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