Magazine article Success

Seeding Hope

Magazine article Success

Seeding Hope

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There's something you get from caring for another creature. It's something we all know, even when we don't think about it. I was reminded not long ago, though.

Looking down at this poor, sweet bird, I had no idea what to do. Normally she was the fastest chicken in our group. Ettie, the little red one with the light tail, is usually the most evasive, racing around the backyard so fast you can't see her feet. But now, she was sick, lying in the grass, her eyes only half open. She wasn't strong enough to eat.

A few years ago our family adopted a small flock of chickens. They're essentially an extension of the garden, but they're also our pets. (No, we'll never eat them, just like you probably wouldn't eat your cat.) More than anything, they provide endless hours of entertainment. Watching the chickens, with their little personalities and chicken-face expressions, is better than any reality TV. …

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