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Welcome to A Cottage Creek Life!  I’m glad you found your way to this peaceful, little retreat, and I would love to invite you to “Come on in and sit a spell”.   Cozy into your best loved ‘quiet-place’, sip your favorite cup of ‘comfort’, and spend a few moments of tranquility with me. This site…

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A Brand New Day

A Brand New Day

Crimson rays merge with gold as new light bursts from the far horizon.  Feathered songs fade slumber into past, as blissful chirps herald promise of a brand new day.  Yesterday’s slate, wiped clean in the night, stands ready for the next new mystery to unfold.  From a bedside stand, the faithful “tick-tock” gently chants, “A…

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Simple Kindness – Big Hope

simple kindness, big hope

Life has a way of responding to intentional thought in interesting ways, and sometimes it takes me by surprise, as was the case on one unseasonably hot afternoon.  On the morning of that particular day, I had created an inspirational picture (above) from an image that I had taken in the Cottage Creek garden.  Melding…

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Life Lessons From a Chicken, Part I

Life Lessons From a Chicken

Learning life lessons from a chicken doesn’t seem very likely, but that’s exactly what I experienced while caring for my backyard flock.  Admittedly, I had some expectations around raising chickens, but learning from them was definitely not one of them.  The truth is, many times, the most meaningful lessons are found in the most unlikely…

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Reclaiming Lost Social Traditions Around Gardening

reclaiming lost gardening traditions

The only constant in life is this:  Life is ever changing.  Change is good.  It keeps us moving in a forward motion, optimizing growth and preventing stagnation (which is never a good thing).  But there are some “old-time” social traditions around gardening that are quickly becoming lost to the newest generations…traditions which may be worth…

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Dandelion Bouquet – Nature’s Beautiful Gift

What a beautiful sea of yellow!  That was my thought, recently, as I looked out across my dandelion-speckled lawn.  I confess, that’s not how I’ve always felt in the early spring days of the dandelions’ full bloom.  In fact, I’ve spent more than one spring feeling disdain for the prolific nature of Taraxacum officinale.  I…

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Finding Beauty Amidst the Bleak

There is little outward evidence of springtime’s earliest moments of awakening.   Bleak colors of spent foliage cover the ground, as frosty fingers of winter’s last winds grip the landscape in a mighty last ditch effort to preserve its reign.  During this end-season, most of nature remains silent.  Hunkered down.  Awaiting subtle cues for a…

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6 Things Chronic Illness Taught Me

Life With Chronic Illness

Inherent in all difficulty is its power to teach us invaluable truths.  Life with chronic illness is no exception.  Things change when people find themselves immersed in the unstable world of chronic illness. The quality of my life changed, dramatically, during the years that I struggled with both CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, triggered by…

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How I Changed My Mind and Opened Up New Possibilities for Healing

It’s tough to maintain emotional wellbeing while suffering with chronic illness.  The constant barrage of symptoms wears us down and can dishearten even the most resilient among us.  Hopeful thoughts can easily be pushed into the abyss of hopeless expectation, making it imperative that we get intentional about identifying the thinking that shuts us down. …

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How Stillness Changed My ‘What if’

It happened during a recent sabbatical, spent deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.  I had been struggling and needed to think through some persistent challenges that had wrapped tentacles of confusion around my mind.  So, I had taken retreat into the arms of nature’s seclusion.  My hope was to, once again, find the…

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New Beginnings

In the deep-quiet of winter, nature’s keeper tip-toes into creation’s inner chamber, gingerly setting its springtime alarm.  At a perfectly appointed time, the ethereal bell ‘tings’…rousing creation into it’s bright, new morning.  Spring peepers rub sleep from their eyes and crawl onto the sun warmed banks of Cottage Creek.  Insistent, rhythmic croaks resound in chorus,…

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