The Barn Door: I Miss Cows

cowI hope I don’t offend any animal lovers with this recent post from The Barn Door about my early days as a farmer. Just keeping it real. Click to read the whole post to get my drift.

I wish all humans and all animals could live together without fighting and strife and, you know, eating each other. Until that happens, though, I admit that I’m glad the sirloin and ground chuck and ribs I pick up at the supermarket are strangers to me now. And while my mother might think it was heartless to butcher and baste Big Brown, he does have a fond place in my memories.

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An Awesome Autumn Afternoon

Here’s an update on how the In Print Word of Art reception went last night. Great art, great writing, great fun!

Debra R. Borys

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Yesterday’s In Print Word of Art reception was a great kick off for an awesome autumn.  And I’m  not just saying that because my piece, An Autumn Afternoon, was one of five finalists selected by writer/publisher John Gile from the thirty stories on display. The event went off without a hitch, the room filled to the brim with artists, writers, family and friends.

All of the artwork and accompanying stories or poems were displayed artistically on the walls of the Celebration Room of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and authors and artists were able to read and/or talk about their entries to a packed room. Refreshments were served and there was an opportunity to buy books and have them signed by the participants. The event was sponsored by In Print in cooperation with the Center for Arts and Spirituality and Art@Emmanuel.


An Autumn Afternoon

The orchard smells…

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The Barn Door: Small Towns, Big Opportunities

My story, An Autumn Afternoon, was selected by artist Kathy Baker, and they posted a teaser of the complete canvas on the Word or Art Facebook page that makes me intrigued to see the whole picture. On September 5, I will be able to see the completed artwork, read my story to attendees, and sign copies of the book they are compiling that includes stories and art side by side.

InPrint also has monthly meetings, with guest speakers, and will host a book fair in October where I will have a chance to sell my books and meet readers and fellow writers alike. Attending those will provide more coverage and more contacts in just a few months than being a member of the Pacific Writer’s Association in Seattle did in five years.Meaning I now have to eat my words about there being fewer opportunities in small town Midwest. Opportunities are anywhere you look for them. Have you found Midwest resources that surprise or delight you? I would love to hear about them

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Living in small towns doesn’t mean imposing limits on your opportunities.  In my case, it has actually opened more doors than I found in the big city.  It’s more about keeping your eyes open than geography, after all.

The Barn Door: My town is going to the dogs


I post every month over at this great blog about life in the Midwest. Today’s entry is about the dog parks in the small towns near me and how it’s a shame people don’t know what they’re there for. Check it out.

Going to a dog park does more than give the dog exercise. If that were the only goal, taking them for walks would be the only activity required. Heck, it would benefit the humans, as well., Who couldn’t use a little workout twice a day? Dogs need to socialize with other dogs in the same way humans need to interact with other humans. How would you like it if you were raised by apes and never allowed to come within 100 yards of another human being? You’d probably assume you were being kept from them because they were dangerous to you. You might even start to think that you were an ape instead of a human, and that they were aliens.

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The Barn Door: Living Many Lives

CAM00397It was time for my monthly post at The Barn Door a few days ago.  I went out and took several pictures of the farm I used to live on and then posted about how the location was the inspiration for my Coffman Cozy Mystery series..

On the 28th of every month, I will be posting something at The Barn Door about life in the Midwest, but the site has many contributors all talking about their lives in the Midwest also. Here’s a snippet of what I had to say, but I hope you will click the link at the end to read some of the other great posts.

As a writer, I can bring back the past if I want to. Or I can change the present to one that isn’t possible in reality. When the family decided it was time to sell the farm, I was lucky enough to be able to afford the small house, but not the other buildings or acres of farm land. I had a dream, you see, of filling the big house with artists and writers and composers. Adding a spirit of creativity to the existing aura of love and joy and peacefulness.

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Harvesting the Wind

When I lived in rural Illinois years ago (I mean really rural, like a half hour to any sort of town and 45 minutes to buy groceries) corn and soybeans were the main crop, with an occasional farm growing a herd of cattle, usually Black Angus or Hereford.  Now there is a whole stretch of new crop on the horizon.  There are some people who don’t like to see these tall white ghosts with revolving arms dotting the countryside, but when I look at them, I see clean energy, green trees, fresh air, and a healthy environment.

What do you see?

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The Barn Door: I have new neighbors

BarnDoorButton150Well, not literal new neighbors, but I was invited to be part of the blog team at a great Blogger site called The Barn Door.  It features posts about living in the Midwest by people who live in and/or love the Midwest. I can already tell it will serve as an inspiration for many of my future stories.

I will be posting a new article there on the 28th of every month, but promise to continue adding tidbits and fun stuff here as well.  If you are interested in what I wrote for my inaugeral blog post, here’s a glimpse below.  Click through to read the whole post and visit the Midwest through the eyes of the wonderful team there.

Can you ever have too many friends? Well, maybe if they expect to be invited to your house for dinner all at once and your dining room table only holds ten. But real friends would surely be willing to wait their turn, don’t you think? And the more friends you have, the more opportunities crop up to be invited to their house for dinner. Yum!

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