Echo From the Hills

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...

A few snowflakes drift down on our hills this morning from an overcast sky that seems to promise more snow.  The air is still, but very cold and the landscape seems oddly deserted.  Even...

We turn another calendar leaf, and a New Year is spread out before us. Unused, unspotted and blank.  The beginning of another year brings a desire to make each day count; to live it...

By Alyce Faye Bragg The woman was little more than a girl--and tired; so tired.  She swayed slightly on the back of the plodding donkey, and the older man who walked beside her reached out...

Did you ever have a day when everything went wrong?   Well, did you ever have a week that went that way?  I can’t exactly pinpoint when this actually started, but I remember that morning...