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Crafts

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Explore America’s Barn Quilts

On a road trip to Macon County, North Carolina, I began noticing painted quilt squares on rural buildings. They were almost always a single square painted on a board mounted on the outside of a barn or other structure. I was intrigued. My first thought was that it was a wonderful idea, combining tradition and beauty with the durability of American barns. Then, I learned that the ...

Staff

Health

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Prevent Frostbite During Farm Work

Whenever skin is exposed to very cold temperatures, frostbite becomes a genuine risk. Generally, fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks, and chin are at risk of frostbite. And while most often, it's cold weather putting people at risk for frostbite, skin that comes in direct contact with ice, frozen metal, or very cold liquids (i.e. water) may also succumb to frostbite. Even though ...

Loretta Sorensen

Heart Of The Home

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Train Your Children to Be Productive

The author's 2-year-old learns to be productive in small steps. Photo by Jenny Underwood We have four kids, ages 10, 8, 4 and 2. Life is busy! And it would be so easy to follow the culture and just keep my kids constantly entertained. But I know this isn't good for them, me, or their future families. (Yes, I'm already thinking about that.) So what's a mom and dad to do? We all ...

Jenny Underwood

History

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Preserving Giant Trees

Did you know that trees have their own beauty pageant? Well, they do. In 1940, American Forests (called American Forestry Association at the time) spearheaded the National Register of Champion Trees to locate the largest living trees throughout the United States. The goal was to raise awareness of the importance of preserving mature trees, not only for their beauty, but also for ...

Kristi Cook

Humor

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The Un-Ordinary Life of a Farmer’s Wife

From the author's experience, farmers typically spend more time "on their dirt" than with their wives. Photo by Lois Hoffman A farmer’s life is anything but ordinary. There is never a schedule; no plans for anything. The weather dictates chores of the day; he dabbles in welding, forging, woodworking, mechanics, and predicting the grain markets, among other things. He or she ...

Lois Hoffman

Mail Call

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Well-Loved Waterfall and Recording Family Recipes

Well-Loved Waterfall We enjoy Grit very much. The magazine is down-to-earth and has many good ideas. In “One Brick at a Time” (Our View, September/October 2021), Caitlin talked about her brick patio project, and I could relate. We built our ranch-style house into a hill with a walk-out basement in the front. We needed to install a retaining wall or otherwise come up with a ...

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Nostalgic Stories

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A Secretly Decorated Forest Evergreen Becomes a Farm Family Tradition

While winter and the holiday season holds many allures for each of us, my favorite seasonal rituals center around trees. When I was a wee girl, we lived on a 50-acre farm in central Missouri. Much of the property was woodland comprised of oak and hickory interspersed with cedar. From a very young age, my brother, 6 years my elder, and I owned the task of providing our family ...

Sarah Joplin

People

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Gardener As Guardian, Scientist, Mystic And Artist

Picking beans the other day in the garden, the wind picked up ever so slightly as a light mist began to fall. This might have been the moment when those sunbathing or picnicking, easily enjoying the outdoors, would reach for their towel or umbrella and head indoors. Rather, as I stood enjoying the mist, facets of my gardening-self seemed to take hold. My breath slowed and senses ...

Sarah Joplin

Reader Letters

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Out In Nature Photos

Share your visual perspective with the Grit community. Post your photos at www.Facebook.com/GritMagazine, or tag us on Instagram (@Grit1882). We chose several of the images you see here from those platforms, and you can find more within the blogging community on our website. Share your best shots, and we just might select one of your photos for a future issue of the ...

Staff

Travel

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Explore America’s Barn Quilts

On a road trip to Macon County, North Carolina, I began noticing painted quilt squares on rural buildings. They were almost always a single square painted on a board mounted on the outside of a barn or other structure. I was intrigued. My first thought was that it was a wonderful idea, combining tradition and beauty with the durability of American barns. Then, I learned that the ...

Staff

Weather

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Stay Safe In A Flood

This article is also available in audio format. Scroll down just a bit for the link and enjoy listening. This past summer, while wildfires ravaged the drought-stricken West, states along the East Coast experienced devastating floods. In a one-week period during August, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, and New York all had major floods, each one separate from the ...

Staff

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