Thoughts & Musings

Welcome to the Global Cow blogs, written by Jill Stahl Tyler.  She writes often, and is published in her local paper in Vermont.  There are several categories:

Silver Linings

SILVER LININGS

This is a daily response to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding at least one thing positive to come out of it.   One comment I’ve heard: “Reading your column of ‘silver linings’ has become one of my ‘silver linings’!  Thank you for writing this!”‘

Jill and Jersey

DAIRY DREAMING

 These are directly about dairy, and ways to experience ag internationally.  Dairy  Dreaming also brings any updates on possible new immigration statuses, or any other legislation or any other dairy information that dairy producers will find interesting.

graduation

EDUCATION MATTERS

This more traditional column looks at family life, with a particular emphasis on how education shapes us all. Often, it includes a special look into the high school exchange students’ fun while in the USA.  It is published mostly bi-monthly in the local paper.

family with exchange students

EXCHANGE EXTRAS

This is a special look into the high school exchange students’ fun while in the USA.  It includes a lot of heartfelt moments sure to make you pause!

2020-04-24

BEAUTY OF THE DAY

Since 2015, I have searched for something beautiful every day, and then posted it to social media.  (Follow Global Cow on Instagram to see them–or subscribe to receive them daily.)

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An Unexpected Extra

An Unexpected Extra

This afternoon, our oldest son’s college sent us an update on their plans to bring students back for the second semester.  They start up again just ten days from now. Beyond the various and important details on testing protocols and timing, allowed socializing...

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Time for Creativity

Time for Creativity

As I write this, the sound of the sander reverberates up the stairway from the basement.  Plus, there is that “special” odor of polyurethane permeating out from the kitchen, causing my head to pound.  Half of the main kitchen countertop and half of the...

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Australia Program Update

Australia Program Update

The Australian programs report that the "world needs to calm down before we open borders." In fact, one program commented, "We now have closed borders within [different parts] of Australia, so to be honest, I have no idea when/if they will be open in 2021. Let's not...

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New Zealand Program Update

New Zealand Program Update

Interest in traveling to New Zealand for an agricultural work or training experience is strong right now, according to the partners that Global Cow works with. But the New Zealand borders remain closed. "The country still maintains strict travel borders and, as yet,...

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Inauguration

Inauguration

Were you one of the millions who watched the inauguration of President Biden at noon?  Thanks to COVID—and the insurrection at the capitol earlier this month—only 1,000 “socially distanced guests” attended in person, a much different scene that the masses...

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Positive Thoughts

Positive Thoughts

Writing—and publishing—your thoughts is uniquely personal.  It’s one thing to type out what you think about something.  It’s another level to share it with a friend, and one more scary step to put it out where everyone can see it.  And it’s the ultimate...

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Full Table

Full Table

It’s got to be a phase in life, right?  I’m still happy when we have a full house gathered for supper.  My husband, my daughter and I are pretty much always home to eat at night now.  Son number one is scheduled to go back to college by the end of this...

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Getting Out

Getting Out

Sometime around now in January--even without COVID’s “stay home, stay safe” mandates--I realize that I am not really living life.  I’m just going through the motions, kind of mentally in a holding pattern of hanging on until more sun returns, the cold moves on...

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TV Options Expansion

TV Options Expansion

Without evening meetings or high school sports, my television consumption has gone up dramatically during COVID.  (How about yours?  Please tell me I’m not alone!)  In our search for new programming, we’ve asked friends what they have enjoyed Hulu and...

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