Sources of Inspiration
WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE who can’t sit still. In my immediate circle, that person is my mother-in-law (the kids don’t count). Her energy reminds me of a hummingbird—she’s supercharged and always in motion. Even a leisurely stroll through the garden inevitably leads to pulling weeds or deadheading flowers.
She and Ruble Norton are kindred spirits (you’ll meet him on page 12). Both are wise (my mother-in-law’s advice has saved many a plant from my brown thumb) and ready to lend a helping hand (she once used a pickax to remove dandelions from my yard). At 86, Ruble stepped in to help a neighbor who had been diagnosed with cancer. They are an inspiration, as are other folks in this issue. Kendell Karlson turned a grain bin into a home (page 72), while J. Francis Amos restored a chapel built when Thomas Jefferson was just starting to think about independence (page 86).
The story that will stay with me long after this issue arrives at your door comes from Dick Schuller. Starting on page 66, he recounts his family’s race to stake a claim on a homestead in the Alaskan frontier. What courage and confidence this family had to venture into the unknown! Stories like these are worth telling, so please share some of yours with us.