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Everything Changes Yet Stays the Same

We’ve been in our new home for two months now. New job. New town. New grocery store! And here’s what I’ve discovered much to my surprise . . . my life doesn’t feel all that different. I expected this to be a sea change–a huge upheaval...

Will You Fast this Lenten Season?

Easter is my favorite holiday. Better than Christmas, Thanksgiving, and my birthday all rolled into one. Rebirth. Resurrection. Unadulterated joy! But it’s not just Easter Sunday that gets me. It’s the whole process from Ash Wednesday (March 2) to Holy...

Maple Syrup Season in Appalachia

Vermont gets most of the maple syrup press, but Appalachia produces its fair share of the sticky, sweet stuff. West Virginia has 75 or so farms producing more than 2,500 gallons of syrup in a given year. And February into March is harvest season. The trick is to tap...