Author: Melodie Davis

Smoking at School?

Another Way for week of October 14, 2017 Smoking at School? It was the Motley Crew who sang this popular song by The Brownsville Station in the year 1973: “Smokin’ in the boys room … Everybody knows that smokin’ ain’t allowed in school...

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How Are We Taught to Love?

Another Way for week of October 6, 2017 How Are We Taught to Love? One of my newer favorite writers, Marianne Jantzi, posed this question in one of her “Connections” columns (a small Canadian women’s magazine): “What if we had never been taught to keep...

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Mennonite Recipe for Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread I feel truly doubly guilty whenever my bananas get too old to eat—or at least too old to enjoy eating. Barbara Kingsolver made me especially feel that way nine years ago in her prize-winning book, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Year of Food Life for buying bananas, knowing they had to be shipped from […]

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Every Boy Needs to Learn to Can Beans

Every Boy Needs to Learn to Can Beans Last weekend we had some moments of pure gold with a niece getting married at some lovely Shenandoah Valley caverns near here, picking pole beans and canning them with two of my grandsons here, and my youngest daughter being ordained and installed as an elder at her […]

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The Company We Keep

Another Way for week of August 25, 2017 The Company We Keep My husband left me in early August to go on a work trip to West Virginia to help rebuild a home after the floods of June 2016. You may recall the one that forced the closing of the Greenbrier Resort in those parts. […]

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