Sources of In­spi­ra­tion

Country - - FROM THE EDITOR - Mar­ija An­dric, Edi­tor mar­ija@coun­try-mag­a­

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.

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