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Quote of the Day 1.27.15

“I’m not saying I’ll never write another book. I’m just saying I don’t know what I’m doing right now, except writing for you here (on Facebook), and wanting to be of service in the world–partly because God tells me too, and partly because it is the only way to fill up“.–Author, Anne Lamott
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Anne Lamott and the Joy of Writing

Like hundreds of thousands readers, I love Anne Lamott.  As a celebrated author of 15 books, Ms. Lamott has proven to be one of the most honest and gut-wrenching writers of our time, primarily due to her uncanny ability to look directly into our souls and give words to our inner most thoughts. Last week on […]
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A Labor of Love

On January 10th, an incredible woman, a genuine friend and a wise mentor to many passed from this world. Elizabeth Schulman was this special person’s name and the way Liz lived life and left life was an inspriation to all who knew her. One of the places that Liz and I connected was through the sisterhood […]
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A Christmas Angel

Since April, six people who were integral to my life have passed.  Some were family. Some were friends who became family.  All were lights in my life. This morning I received news that yet a seventh special person and friend, Peter Calieri, has left the world  The hole in the hearts of all who knew Peter […]
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Quote of the Day 12. 21.14

“Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings”.—-quote from Christmas Classic movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life”
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Cooperation Farm Style

This is the third in a series of articles detailing the devastating impact of the November Storm upon WNY’s rural community, and the remarkable ways in which people are facing and rising above the challenges.  Eden Valley Growers is an innovative, WNY agricultural Co-op which, in 50 years of existence, has become an international supplier of […]
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Quote of the Day 11.28.14

“Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future.“—Bill Gates  
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It’s Never Easy

This is the second in a series of articles detailing the devastating impact of the November Storm upon WNY’s rural community and the remarkable ways in which people are facing and rising above the challenges.  Dave and Ann Phillips are a quiet-spoken, thoughtful couple whose lives are defined by their dairy farms where they breed, raise […]
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Quote of the Day 11.26.14

“I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture or its breed of useful animals.”—George Washington
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Mother Nature’s Birthday Gift

This is the first in a series of articles detailing the devastating impact of the November Storm upon WNY’s rural community and the remarkable ways in which people are facing and rising above the challenges.  George and Paul Zittel are brothers. Specifically, they are the elders in a family of seven generations bound together by a […]
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Quote of the Day 11. 24. 14

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence […]
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Quote of the Day 11.19.14

“The real feminism for me was believing that I was worthy and that I deserved what everyone else deserved” —Oprah Winfrey speaking on the ideal of women’s equality and equal pay