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The hummingbirds are coming

Many people view the approach of April 15 with trepidation as the typical IRS tax deadline looms. Mother Nature has provided a more pleasant association ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Karen Bellenir.

Reflecting on a year of isolation

When the words “coronavirus” and “COVID” first began appearing in every day vocabulary, my husband and I were visiting relatives on a beach in Florida. ... Read more

1 month ago by Karen Bellenir.

Books can provide a break from reality

A couple Christmases ago, my husband gave me a coffee mug that declares, “A book a day keeps reality away.” Are you ready to join ... Read more

2 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

COLUMN — Waking up to a New Year

I am not a morning person. My husband can go from asleep to awake in an instant, but my journey between those two states involves ... Read more

3 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

COLUMN — Let there be peace on Earth

Decorations have sprouted all around town, trees are erected indoors and colorful lights sparkle through the long nights. Once again, it’s time to tell the ... Read more

4 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

Searching for signs of intelligent life

When I get an opportunity to let people look at the night sky through my binoculars, their first reaction is often surprise at how much ... Read more

5 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

Spider webs add seasonal ambiance

Mother Nature has been decorating my yard for Halloween. Because of her exuberant placement of spiders and webs, I’m feeling more prepared for the annual ... Read more

6 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

Journeying into the future means taking steps into the unknown

Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, Unsheltered, includes the story of a mother who suffers from fear and anxiety. The author writes, “Willa believed in the power of ... Read more

7 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

Look to the sky for a show full of stars

I don’t know what’s on television tonight, but I do know this month is a prime time for stargazing. As the world slips toward autumn, ... Read more

8 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

Close encounters of the wild kind

During extra hours recently spent at home, I have turned my attention to working in the yard and the garden, wandering in the woods and ... Read more

10 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

Finding enjoyment during this time of staying home

Everyone I know has felt the impact of non-essential business closures, stay-at-home edicts, and social distancing guidelines. For some, these rules have presented challenges, and ... Read more

12 months ago by Karen Bellenir.

Everyday magic in ordinary things

I love stories that include magic. My fascination stretches back to my growing-up years. As a young child, I fancied a story by the Brothers ... Read more

1 year ago by Karen Bellenir.

New time plan proposed

Take a look at your watch, your phone or a nearby clock. Some devices may run a bit fast or slow, but if you adjust ... Read more

1 year ago by Karen Bellenir.

Being active helps battle winter’s dreary days

One recent morning, I woke up after a restless night. I hadn’t slept well. I was cold. My left hip hurt. My right shoulder ached, ... Read more

1 year ago by Karen Bellenir.

Festina Lente!

Rather than making resolutions, I adopted a motto for the new year — Festina Lente! I encountered the expression in a delightful novel by Robin ... Read more

1 year ago by Karen Bellenir.

Nature’s light show

As winter approaches, the hours of night lengthen. People throughout our community take advantage of the darkness to display seasonal lights. Nature is planning to ... Read more

1 year ago by Karen Bellenir.

A season for gratitude

It’s the season for giving thanks. You’ll probably be receiving advice delivered via social and other media suggesting that you express gratitude for friends and ... Read more

1 year ago by Karen Bellenir.

Whistling past the graveyard

Boo! Did I scare you? Probably not, but as days get shorter and nights cooler, ghoulish expressions and macabre symbols abound. People’s thoughts and decorations ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Astronomy and astrology

When I tell people I’m interested in astronomy, I’m surprised to discover how many assume I mean astrology. Reactions fall into two categories. Some try ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Here comes trouble

Earlier this year, Cindy and Bill Bergen welcomed Trouble to their Farmville-area farm. That’s Trouble with a capital T. I chatted with the Bergens about ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Watching humanity’s giant leap

In 1969, my family moved to a small beachside community less than an hour’s drive south of Cape Kennedy in Florida. On the morning of ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Mail by any other name

I can recall a time when the daily arrival of mail created excitement. During my early elementary school days, my family lived on a “rural ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

An open window

One of spring’s many joys is the renewed ability to open windows. All winter long, I’ve had my windows shut and the drapes drawn in ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Putting an end to war

Since moving to Farmville, I’ve learned that Civil War recollections take center stage every April. During my school years in various classrooms located on both ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

A decade

The dictionary says a decade is something in a group of 10, often 10 years. Chunks of time comprising those years often develop their own ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Climbing the steps

I remember standing with my children waiting for the school bus to come. In mid-winter, the mornings were usually dark and cold. The bus would ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Bundle up and look up

The moon has a special surprise in store. On the night of Jan. 20, and sliding across midnight, North American sky watchers will be treated ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

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