A Cow and the Creative Zone

A writing teacher once told my class about receiving an essay that began, “Cows is just like people.” Although she saw it as a great example of subject-verb non-agreement, I had been raised with cattle and saw nothing unusual or bizarre in the statement. Grounded in a common-sense comparison, the sentence seemed marked with a … [Read more…]


Earlier this week, the day before July 4th, before snow coated the hillsides and frost visited valley gardens, our son took on the task of mowing the grass around the buildings. Rain and moderate temperatures had created a tangled mass of grasses and weeds. He wheeled the mower around to the south side of the … [Read more…]