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My mom’s Charlie Brown Christmas trees

The scraggliest tree on the lot found a loving home with my mother. Well before A Charlie Brown Christmas became a movie classic, she cherished the lopsided trees with sparse branches. “We’ll cut off these bottom branches,” she would say, “and wire them in the empty spaces. Besides, this gives us space for more ornaments.” A single mother with two… Read more →

The best kind of Christmas

As I work on the memoir of my years as a reluctant farmer, I keep coming across stories in old letters and journals. This one, written to a friend who died too soon, makes me feel like Mole in The Wind in the Willows, who sniffed HOME on Christmas Eve and was tugged by a lifetime of memories.   We… Read more →

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