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Making Ripples

A Solitary, Resilient Heron

Big birds adapt to changing weather and diet AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Driveways are runways to some with wings. A great blue heron once flew past our cabin windows, just

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Let There Be Light!

Solar lanterns celebrate lengthening of days AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Twilight is even more magical now that solar lanterns are part of our off-grid cabin. As the sunset fades, each

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Let In Light And Air

Candle choices make a difference to environment AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Candles make great ambiance and brighten dark winter days. But some of them are not very cheery when you

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Bluebird Smackdown

Friends at night, birds may squabble by day AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The bleak wintry landscape of hay-colored hills and bare branches is suddenly interrupted by flashes of deep blue,

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Choosing The ‘Right’ Path

Thought required before creating a new trail AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples There are many paths in life that could be considered the “right” path. Everyone has the right to create

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‘Tis The Season — Or The Monday

Resolutions to improve the world can happen any time AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples New year’s resolutions may not be on many people’s minds this year. Who has time to make

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A Different Kind Of Christmas

Holidays in a tiny house inspire creativity AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Chestnuts falling on an open field, Jack Frost nipping at our hose, cookies baking up a ladder, and solar

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‘There Is Always Hope’

Ripple-makers team up to spread their message AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Some ripple-makers work quietly in our own homes, while others bravely take to the streets to perform their service.

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Sending Love Is Simple

Great ideas abound without breaking the bank AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Crummy covid-19 getting you down over the holidays? Warm some hearts you love with creative gifts that do good

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Funding Local Farmers

Ozark Natural Foods customers round up to help AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Some things in life are optional, like fruitcake. You can take it or leave it, according to your