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Why is Sunshine Important?

Why is Sunshine Important?

Sunshine On Our Shoulders, Makes Us Happy! We love John Denver’s famous Sunshine song almost as much as we appreciate sunshine!  After a long gloomy winter, the sun finally appeared toward the end of March. We welcomed it into our home and went outside to soak it up....

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Do You Know These Two Free Wild Spring Greens?

Do You Know These Two Free Wild Spring Greens?

Our Yards Offer Nutrition Every spring we look forward to eating delicious, free, wild greens that grow in our yard and just about every place people live. Having an ability to identify, pick, prepare, and eat wild foods gives us some comfort in this age of...

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Why Do Birds Hit Windows?

Why Do Birds Hit Windows?

*Note: Our assessment of WindowAlert is based on our experiences both from purchasing the company's product and a complimentary set of decals to try. Last fall as Rich was walking along the outside of the Cedar Rapids Public Library and found a tiny dead warbler on...

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What Can You do When You are Stuck at Home?

What Can You do When You are Stuck at Home?

Stuck at home? A tiny microbe is sure changing the lives of people worldwide.   Unexpectedly, meetings and schools have closed and transportation is disrupted as uncertainty runs rampant. With every challenge comes an opportunity.   We’re sticking close to home at...

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Why Do You Come to Winding Pathways?

Why Do You Come to Winding Pathways?

Like millions of Americans who live in rural or semi-rural areas we don’t have access to a city sewer and rely on our septic tank to safely dispose of waste. We’re lucky at Winding Pathways. Our home is built on an ancient sand dune with steep topography.   It’s...

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What Do You Do When a Chicken Dies?

What Do You Do When a Chicken Dies?

Our chickens aren’t really pets. We don’t give them names and every once in a while, we sell or give away a few. Even so, we get attached to our hens as we recognize their individual personalities and enjoy their antics. Maybe it’s silly but we feel sad when one dies....

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Crinoids. Forsaken by the Iowa Legislature?

Crinoids. Forsaken by the Iowa Legislature?

Sometimes blessings spring from catastrophes.  That happened years ago when a massive flood inundated Iowa’s Coralville Reservoir. Water overtopped the dam built to control downstream flooding. As the raging river gushed over the emergency overflow spillway it ripped...

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Where do You find Antler Sheds?

Where do You find Antler Sheds?

One February morning I took a short work break and walked through the woods near a parking lot and a busy road.  I wasn’t paying attention to where I was walking until I stepped on a hard-pointy object. It was a huge deer antler that a buck had recently dropped....

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2019 Labyrinth Walks

Labyrinths have been integral to this year's activities. Locations have spanned from the East Coast to the deep South, and from Alaska to Hawai'i. Catch up with Winding Pathways' 2019 walks at 1080 Laughing Labyrinth website. May you enjoy labyrinth walks in 2020....

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Gratitudes 2019

Gratitudes 2019

For many people, 2019 was a roller coaster year in some respects. A habit I have developed is writing down each day a gratitude on a sticky note and placing each in a jar on the counter. Then, at the end of the year (three years now) I read them and select a few to...

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