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May 20, 2018

If you subscribe to Our State magazine, be sure to read the two-page spread in May’s edition on Smith’s Red and White in Dortches. The article extols all the pork products you can buy at this locally-owned grocery store—the most famous being their sausage. Also mentioned are…


Kids say and do the darndest things

May 13, 2018

Being a mother was the hardest job I’ve ever had, and believe me, teaching English for thirty years was no piece of cake.

With students, though, I could go home at the end of the day. Other than locking the bathroom door, there was no escaping children. And if I stayed behind that locked door…


Sewing seems unlikely today

May 06, 2018

“Grandma, can we sew?” My grandchildren are asking me to get out my portable Singer, set it up on the kitchen table and supervise while they stitch together remnants they’ve found in my box of leftover fabric.

They love to cut and sew, but for them it’s a craft, much like…


Planting can be therapeutic

April 29, 2018

What do you do when the cable company has increased your bill yet again, the garage refrigerator quits working, and you can’t figure out how to reattach the hose on your own vacuum cleaner? You go outside and dig in the dirt.

On a pretty spring day, there’s no better way to get rid of…