The right way to eat candy corn

Sandy Holthaus This time of year, I get very excited about my favorite Fall treat: candy corn! I know it’s not everybody’s favorite, but it is sickly sweet and chewy, and I love it. I like to mix it w…

Beware the fear-mongers

Jean Matua “From the Heart” We are in the opening act of a presidential campaign season that I dare say none of us has seen (or could even imagine). It used to be that it was pretty much left to the c…

Mom dreams

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Last night, my mom appeared in one of my dreams. She passed away nine years ago – from Alzheimer’s. I haven’t been able to think about her – not really – since. It’s an u…

Good Girl Moonshine

Sandy Holthaus Until recently, it had been years since I heard about -moonshine. Moonshine was originally a slang term for spirits that were usually made without government authorization. It is a home…

Senior year

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” At my house, we are entering another senior year. As senior years go, I consider myself fairly experienced. I’ve relished in and endured a handful so far (if we’re counti…

Gathering community together

Sandy Holthaus This last weekend we hosted our fourth Field-to-Feast Community Dinner. Because the weather was beautiful, it was the second time we were able to host this event in the street by Pleasa…

Small town gatherings

Sandy Holthaus The best thing about Summer in a small town is the traditional gatherings, here in Annandale the fourth of July is celebrated over five days with a carnival, parade, and great music. (T…

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