7 Things You Didn't Expect to Find in Madison County, Indiana

There’s a view that the middle of the U.S. is nothing but farm fields. Drive an hour or so northeast of the of the Indianapolis Airport, and you’ll find yourself in Madison County (not the one with the bridges). It has its share of agriculture, for sure, but there are also cultural and historical sites, and people passionate about things they make....more

a journey to trust: work/life in the Midwest

As seen on Rebelle Society:  “Trust no one.” “Eyes behind the head.” “Listen to me: Get your head out of the clouds.” “Everyone is full of shit.”...more

Winter Thesaurus

I don't know about you, but some days, I feel plain old sorry for my children. The things that they have to listen to that stumble out of my mouth. It makes me want to dig up and carry around my college transcripts to show them that once, yes, mama had a working brain. Today, by far, one of the most ridiculous sentences imaginable tripped out of my mouth. As I heard myself saying the last word, I could almost read my childrens' minds, Whatever happened to poor mama that makes her talk like that......more

Go (Mid) West, Young Woman!

  My husband whisked me away to mid-state Illinois to the land of the Illiac ( prehistoric computer reference dating before Mr. Gore and his insemination of the Internet) and birth place of Netscape. The University of Illinois ( Urbana-Champaign) was good enough for the riskier Tom Cruise, so why not for a BFA in painting for me and a Masters of CS for D?...more

Environmentalist in Oklahoma: Against the Grain

I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma, in a town of around 17,000 people. Oklahoma is known for things like rodeos, country music, the Dust Bowl, the oil and natural gas, and for being one of the reddest states, politically, in the U.S. Oklahoma is not known as being a very progressive or eco-friendly state. My Senator, Sen. Inhofe is even one of the biggest climate deniers in U.S. politics....more
@Ranching architect  @feedyardfoodie.com Thank you for your comments, I have no ill feelings ...more

Hello! My Name Is....

Greetings! I am not new to the world of blog, but most definitely to a realm where the blog is read by someone other than my kids or extended family. So please be gentle.The "who"...that would be me, not the classic rock band. I have recently found myself in a three bedroom apartment with one 16 year old child, one bicycle, zero cars and a manufacturing job that I have a love/hate relationship with. ...more

The Filth and Beauty of Midwestern Winter Cars

Now that I officially live in rural Minnesota, I can't help but compare my former life in California with my new reality of small town living in Middle America.  For example, when I was shopping at Walmart this afternoon, I noticed that almost all of the vehicles looked alike.You see, everyone's car is dirty here and it doesn't seem to bother the natives one hoot.  Out in  Southern California, a car is a definite status symbol and many people will spend a small fortune and an entire Saturday morning having their cars washed and "detailed."...more
Great post! My car was so dirty last week that I had to remind myself that one way to see out ...more

Top 10 Reasons I Heart Oklahoma!

Number 10: Spotting a real, live princess in an autumn Oklahoma pumpkin patch is a  frequent occurrence. Photo by Rachel Apple....more

Book Review: Peace Like a River

Such timing, this book entering my life, the landscape shifting and changing around me, just so. Come two more weeks into April, and I could not have abided a story with blizzards and below zero temperatures. Come one week earlier, and I would not have savored strong rivers and spring time like I do this day. ...more