Remembering Daniel on St. Patrick's Day

Remembering Daniel on St. Patrick's Day

As soon as the St. Patrick's Day decorations go up in stores every year, I get a dull ache deep inside. The holiday was my middle son Daniel's birthday for 21 years. He was born just past midnight, so my husband Kurt and I didn't even make the connection until visitors arrived the next morning congratulating us on our "St. Patrick's Day Baby!" 

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Gardening for Beginners

Gardening for Beginners

Gardening is making a comeback.

In my parents' generation--and generations before them--gardening was an essential part of surviving the Great Depression and wartime. During World War I and World War II, "victory gardens" or "war gardens" were necessary in order to support the war efforts. Citizens were encouraged to plant gardens in backyards, empty lots, city rooftops, and even public parks.

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