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My New Job

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining ASU-Beebe this Fall as a full-time Instructor of English. After about 12 years as a “highway-flyer” (a/k/a adjunct) piecing together teaching assignments at multiple institutions, I’ll have a teaching home. ASU-Beebe is a public two-year college offering associate degrees and technical certificates and affiliates with various 4-year …

Revising the “Rules” of Parenting

If you’re even a semi-regular follower of this not-so-regular blog, then you know that I published a book a few years back. That book offered 5 rules, in a bit of a tongue-and-cheek sort of way, for being a good mom. The 5 rules: Rule #1: Don’t beat yourself up (even when you’re certain you …

Out with the Old, In with the New

May is a time of endings and new beginnings; this truth is never more evident than with high school and college graduations. But even without a current graduate* in the house, we’ve had our own share of endings and beginnings this month.  (Technically, Bryan graduates in July with his Doctorate of Nursing Practice!)  Truth be …

A New Outlook on Blogging

As I am working through Jeff Goins‘ Intentional Blog course, I’m learning to focus my blog on the things I’m really passionate about. I intend to write more about the two topics that consume my mind both day and night: writing and motherhood/family. Learn more about me and my plan for this blog here.

Fair Show Results, 2012 Edition

The 2012 show season has come to a close for us. Here’s how it all went down: Lonoke County Fair & Livestock Show 2012, Dairy Goat Show Our does had a good showing at County this year! Youth (Junior) Show Nigerian Dwarf Senior Doe Grand Champion (Mariah, shown by The Girl) Nigerian Dwarf Senior Doe …

Spring Farm Update

With kidding season and Spring Show, a lot has been happening here on the farm. Here’s the highs and lows: Kidding Season At one point, we had 8 kids on property. This being only our second year for breeding, that was a lot to us. Three of our does were due within days of each …

Growing Pains

Remember that show from the 80s, with Kirk Cameron, Alan Thicke and Tracey Gold: Growing Pains? I loved that show. I wanted to be Carol Seaver, except that I always though Mike was too cute; he was a loveable troublemaker. Whenever I think about my kids growing up, I think of that show. The Girl. …

As if we need more to do …

We’ve got two does in milk again, having kidded their babies in May.  So this means it’s time to make more goat cheese and/or soap.  Neither is an easy process, and thankfully I enjoy doing it.  The big question is FLAVOR? What to add to the cheese for taste and the soap for smell. Any …

(Goat) Kids for Sale and Other Updates

I’ve just spent hours updating the website after months of absence. We’ve had a lot going on here on the farm but unfortunately I haven’t documented much for the site.  We lost Prada, who I considered to be the herd queen, on April 1, 2011, and I was heartbroken. We’ve also had joys though.  We …

Update from the farm

This is likely to be a very dry and very long post to catch up on all that’s gone down on the farm in the last few months … so I’ll try to make it bearable with pictures. 🙂 Since the state fair in October (I still can’t believe that was my last post. Sheesh!), …

It’s a Wonderful Life (My Old Blog)

I’ve been a blogger since November 2008 and a writer for longer than I can remember.  I started out with a personal blog on Blogger:  It’s a Wonderful Life, borrowing its name from Frank Capra’s holiday classic, the blog was meant to contain my thoughts – mostly random – about my blessed life.  I spent a …

Aliases for Safety on the Net

So earlier this week, I was talking with my new friend @audcole at the #LRTweeties about blogging, children and “being safe” online with regard to kids. See when I first started blogging back in Fall 2008, I initially set up my blog to be protected, i.e., only viewable by permission.  I soon convinced myself that …

Coming Attractions

I’m sitting in a mandatory professional practicum course that will last all day. Apparently, there is a recent trend toward requiring this type of professional practicum within two years of passing the bar in many states. So even though I first passed a bar in 2002, because I’m new to Arkansas, here I sit. It …

45 Days

It’s been about 45 days since my last post. I’m not saying that because it’s a record I’m proud of or anything … just pointing out the fact that I’ve been a blogging slacker as of late. And actually acknowledging the length of time makes it even funnier to me that I’m blogging now. You …