Country Life Stories

Short stories celebrating the best parts of country life including beloved family traditions, neighbors helping neighbors and the wonderful feeling of an honest day’s work.

Homesteading in West Virginia

March 18, 2014

For one family, a life of homesteading in West Virginia offers the rewarding challenge of growing fresh food on the rocky clay hillsides.

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Beautiful Weeds: Learning to Love Dandelions

March 18, 2014

A child’s innocence wins in one man’s battle for a beautiful lawn and causes him to love dandelions, too.

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Mysterious Plants Can Mean Years of Digging up Clues

January 23, 2014

A new house often comes with new, mysterious plants that require a sense of adventure and a lot of detective work.

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Wisconsin Farm Family Stayed Busy

December 19, 2013

Early 20th century Wisconsin farm family worked year-round to keep farm and family afloat.

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A Truck With a Mind of its Own

December 19, 2013

The truck with a mind of its own wouldn’t play nice with the neighbors, but the neighbors shrugged it off.

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Southern Chocolate Gravy

December 19, 2013

Breakfast of Southern chocolate gravy and biscuits brings back warm winter memories.

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My Fruitcake Adventure

November 21, 2013

She poured her heart and a fortune in glazed fruit into a beloved ancestral recipe.

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Take Care of Him, Lord

September 18, 2013

His son’s first days of school were lessons in faith and fatherhood.

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Ghosts in the Floorboards

July 17, 2013

A young couple’s ancestral farmhouse tells a story of built-to-last spirit in Shelby, North Carolina.

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Photos of Nature Reveal Overlooked World

May 15, 2013

Even an abandoned lot can be beautiful if you look closely enough. Author Anna Blout shares nature photos she captured in the most unlikely place.

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