Silver Linings

Silver Lining has all the posts related to a column Jill started writing daily, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It is looking at how life changes under our new rules–and finding at least one thing positive, every day, in the upheaval.   It’s been very well received by those who have been following it.  As one reader says, “Reading your column of ‘silver linings’ has become one of my ‘silver linings’!  Thank you for writing this!”‘

Other blog topics include: 

  • DAIRY DREAMING is directly related to agriculture, particularly dairying.  It talks about international ag experiences, dairy worker possible legislation in the USA, visas, dairy experiences and things dairy producers might find interesting. 
  • EXCHANGE EXTRAS.  This is a special look into the high school exchange students’ fun while in the USA.  
  • EDUCATION MATTERS.  This more traditional column looks at family life, with a particular emphasis on how education shapes us all.
  • BEAUTY OF THE DAY.  Since 2015, Jill has 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.)   

If You Change the Way You Look at Things…

If You Change the Way You Look at Things…

As I write the very last entry, I can’t believe that I’ve spent a full year looking for “silver linings”.  This all started because a newspaper columnist asked an off-the-cuff question:  has anyone seen anything good come out of this pandemic?  Without...

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Time for Learning

Time for Learning

I spent today digging into yet another topic that I know little about.  It’s one of those things that will be good to know and directly applicable to business--once I understand it more. I end my day feeling teased by the possibilities and frustrated with the...

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Rides

Rides

If you want to see excited dogs in our house, there are six little words you can say: “Want to go for a ride?” It’s guaranteed bedlam.  They will literally jump up from being dead-to-the-world asleep and start panting and pacing back and forth in front of...

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Sharing Knowledge Gained

Sharing Knowledge Gained

The text came through late this afternoon: “Sorry to tell you all, but I think I might have COVID.  I’m trying to get tested now.” This is from one of the friends from our Saturday afternoon doggie playtime outing.  Six friends and six dogs enjoyed almost...

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Shopping–From Far Away

Shopping–From Far Away

One of the things that I have missed during the pandemic has been clothes shopping with my sister.  There’s nothing like the fun we’ve had going through merchandise and holding it up to each other.  We have amused ourselves for hours as we peruse the racks,...

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Time for Cleaning

Time for Cleaning

Spring cleaning is real, folks… especially when you have chickens who live in a coop.  The chickens love the days when I dig around in their home—because it gets them freedom.  They take any opportunity to spread out on the lawn and to scratch through the...

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Persistence

Persistence

Have you noticed this?  People are not as willing to take “no” for an answer anymore.  Over the last year, we’ve learned how to be more creative with everything.  Can’t go into work?  Bring work home.  Can’t attend a meeting in person? ...

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Flexibility

Flexibility

Prior to quarantining and nearly everyone working from home, if you wanted to serve on a board or support a civic group, you went out at night to meetings. Meetings were the thing that stopped folks from volunteering.  “I don’t have time” was a common refrain—as...

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It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

I just got off the phone with mother… and boy, what a difference a month makes in her outlook on life!  In the past month, she’s finished her vaccinations.  She’s returned to some of her monthly meetings and groups.  They are planning together for...

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