Random Thoughts

12 Things I Love about Spring

Yes, it’s high spring here in Pennsylvania, and last night after dinner, as I was drifting off to sleep on my outdoor couch, I started making a mental list of all the things I love about this special season: 1.    The air smells sweet. Yesterday, a woman who works mostly in New York came into […]

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Hello, Redesign!

Welcome to the new redesign of my blog, Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen. It was time to re-decorate, clean things up a bit, organize the drawers, and freshen the place up. It’s cool to see how things have changed and evolved. I remember the first person I told I was thinking about calling the blog Maria’s […]

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Fans Are Made, Not Born

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger It’s finally spring (fingers crossed), and that can only mean two things: I may soon have to appear in public wearing shorts, and the endless, soul-sucking, heart-breaking baseball season is underway. I take no joy in either one, but I find myself particularly unenthused about the latter, […]

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It’s Going to Be Fine

Today was one of those days when I find myself reassuring everyone around me that it’s going to be fine. Everything is going to be fine, I said at least 10 times. OK, maybe five of those times I was talking to myself. It’s the day before a Very Big Meeting, and everyone is worried […]

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Be a Farm Hero?!

The other day I was walking to work and decided to cut through Madison Square Park because there’s often something interesting going on there, like an art installation or a festival. It was a beautiful, sunny spring day. And yes, there was something going on. From across the street it looked like there was some […]

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Digging the Dancing King

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger I’m not a heterosexual man, but if I were, two of my heroes would be Nick Neave, PhD, and Kristofor McCarty, and my new favorite research facility would be the University of Northumbria. Neave and researcher McCarty, along with a few of their colleagues at University of […]

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Blog Advice, Anyone? (Please!)

Hello, dear loyal readers, I am about to undergo a blog redesign—the first in many years—and I’d love your advice. I really enjoy blogging, but it’s also good to take a step back and reassess every once in a while. Sure, I can look at my traffic data and search results. But those points don’t […]

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Fishing for Fun at Kamalame Cay

For spring break this year I wanted to find a nice place to go bonefishing that the whole family would enjoy. After all, it’s not every year a 7-year-old girl makes a New Year’s resolution to go to the Bahamas and catch a bonefish. The unanimous recommendation from the current and former editors of Garden […]

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