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Two days after John Farrington’s eleventh birthday, a migration of monarch butterflies landed on his house. When John came out the front door that morning, the monarchs covered the side of his home like some living carpet, their orange wings … Continue reading →
A long time ago there was a Seed, blowing about the desert plain. It swirled and flew with the wind and sand, in one direction and then another. One day, the Seed decided to settle down and grow. Now this … Continue reading →
“We want a dog for Christmas.” As my daughter named her fantasy dog and my son pointed to his dog’s future sleeping quarters at the foot of his bed, I began a frenetic search for gifts that would trump any … Continue reading →
No one could have predicted that Mom would go on strike at Christmas. It all started innocently enough the first Sunday in Advent. Mom had made a list of all the people she had to send Christmas cards to this … Continue reading →
Every year, I experience an odd moment shortly after my family and I arrive at the country house we rent in Montana. I drive down a back road, minding my own business, when I gradually realize that people are waving … Continue reading →
It was four days before Christmas and the town sat still, as if Old Man Winter had forgotten the snow everyone was wishing for. Grandpa and I worked at the department store where he asked kids what they wanted for … Continue reading →