Author Archives: Sharon

Mailboxes and Old Barns: It Wasn’t All Peaches and Cream

Have you ever had a dish of peaches and cream? Not half-and-half. Not Cool Whip. Cream. The thick cream from our cow’s milk would be called whipping cream in today’s check out lines but it was just every day cream on the farm, kept … Continue reading

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The One Thing We Must Not Say about Jesus – C. S. Lewis

- from Mere Christianity “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and … Continue reading

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Someone Else’s Mailboxes and Old Barns: Introducing Ninety-Two-Year-Old Dan from Beaverton, Oregon

I got acquainted with Dan this past Thursday. I had taken our son and grandson to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum at McMinnville a week ago yesterday and that day I purchased a membership so that I could go again and … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: The Silhouettes, Shadows, and Patterns of Memory

For recent new readers, here’s the how and why that the Mailboxes and Old Barns weekly post got started over three years ago: Mailboxes along the roads and old barns set back in fields overgrown with weeds often served as landmarks … Continue reading

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The Path In The Deep Woods: Cobblestones and White Water

There’s a call to action that thrills the hearts of skilled canoeists and kayakers. It’s the initially distant but distinctive sound of a Class IV or V rapids.  The one who hears it first may call for silence and a momentary … Continue reading

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Dan’s Mailboxes and Old Barns: Good Wood Burns Twice

From a very young age I remember my family heating with wood. Our house had a masonry fireplace. And later a wood-fired boiler.  Early Memories Up through my early grade school years my father owned his own construction company. Business … Continue reading

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From a Path Deep in the Woods: Are We There Yet?

About four weeks ago it occurred to me that my husband and I must sometimes look a bit like those kids tucked into the back seat of the family car heading out to an unfamiliar destination – back in the … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Guest Post by Texan59

Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I didn’t have to undergo the tough times and conditions that my dad did, with no electricity until 1948, and no indoor plumbing until long after he had left home.  I did grow … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Guest Post by ZurichMike

Last week I put out a request for some guest-written MBOBs from our good company who reads here every Sunday, and ZurichMike’s was the first one in over the transom. Thank you, ZM! You’re the best. ;) I grew up … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Good Dirty Fun

Our large tree belt filled about ten acres in a long L-shape around the farmstead and provided some shelter from winter storms. They surely didn’t keep the sub zero temps or winds away but the five and six foot drifts … Continue reading

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