• Holly Spangler

    The End of a Long Road

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 28, 2012

    The march toward the inevitable began last May. The diagnosis. The tears. The treatments. The hospital. Finally, hospice. My mother died last week. She was diagnosed as the corn went in the ground in southern Illinois last May: pancreatic cancer, inoperable because of both size and location, already spread to her liver and surrounding lymph nodes. Stage 4. The second-opinion doctor at Barnes actually told her, "You seem like a nice person. I'm sorry." It is difficult to…

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    Critical {Farm} Thinking 101 for Rural Nurses

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 9, 2012

    Last week, my sweet friend and fellow farm wife, Patty, invited me over to her house to talk with her rural nursing class. Patty teaches nursing at the local university and during her rural nursing course each year, she brings the class out to her family's farm for the day. They see what a PTO shaft actually looks like, they learn what a grain bin is, they take a look at the cattle and they get an idea what rural and remote really feels like. This year she invited me to come and speak to…

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    Master Farmers Give It Back

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 7, 2012

    This morning, we're gathering in Bloomington for our annual awards luncheon to celebrate this year's newly-named Master Farmers. It wraps up one of my most favorite programs of the year; the Master Farmers have been judged, chosen, interviewed, photographed and written about. They are, as always, a joy to work with and to get to know and to learn from. I say it every year but it's so true: I pick up things from these farmers and their families that we take back and use in our farm and in our…

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    We Went Red...And Met Moms

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 5, 2012

    Remember last week and our Farm Mom trip to Chicago? A quick recap: fellow farm mom and farm wife Emily Webel and I were invited to attend the "Be Bold Go Red" event in Chicago, held on behalf of the American Heart Association. Field Moms Amy Rossi and Amy Hansmann also attended.  Essentially, our mission was to connect with influential women, via the really very impressive networking skills of Sara Fisher. Sara, for further background, is one of the women behind 2 Moms…

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