Echo From the Hills

Hot summer has exploded in our hills with the force of a Fourth of July firecracker, with hot days and humid nights and resulting thunderstorms. Sun-loving wildflowers flourish, such as the brilliant orange day...

Summertime weather simmers along as daisies bloom and leaves grow green and full on the trees. The hills surround and envelop us with rich greenery that protect and comfort us. I could never get...

It has been 63 years ago, on this day, that I graduated from high school. The viney honeysuckle is climbing over the banks below the old school building again, just as it always does...

Spring seems to have evolved into summer-like days, with temperatures growing warmer, and blossoming beauty everywhere. The rains of May have spread a green patchwork quilt over our hills, a verdant lushness that covers meadows,...

APRIL’S GLORY April has come to our Clay County Hills, Bringing wildflowers and bright daffodils Dandelions like gold polka dots Brighten the lawn and each grassy spot.   Apple blossoms are showing pink, Robin, wren and bobolink Echo across our peaceful hills, And...

The sun peeped up over Pilot Knob this morning, but was soon obscured by clouds that covered the sky.  The air is warm and humid, with thunderstorms threatening to move into our hills.  April...

The robins are back.  They are spread all over the muddy lawn, with their tiny heads bobbing in queer, jerky movements as they locate the juicy earthworms underground.  They are the true harbingers of...

It is Valentine’s Day, and boxes of candy, sweet valentines and gifts of all sorts are being exchanged back and forth.  It was so different in my childhood days when penny valentines (and handmade...

After many dark and gloomy days, our Father has sent a day of bright sunshine that cheers the heart and blesses the soul.  The songbirds are basking in the added warmth, flipping their wings...

  The sun is shining brightly on our hills today, although a wayward wind is laced through the sunshine. The cardinals are squabbling over the bird feeder, but it seems to be the females that...