Author: Melissa Bienvenu

Buddy in the Spotlight

A Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer unexpectedly shows up at the farm in the middle of a storm, and the family dog steals the show.

Pondering Big Cities from the Farm

I squeeze myself into a tiny chair next to a knee-high table. It’s the same Pre-K classroom where, it seems like only yesterday,  my sons were cutting out Valentines with safety scissors and napping on Kindermats. Beside me is our…

The Rural Life: “Cheap” is Good – Sometimes

I have fond yet vaguely disturbing memories of the college student who – devoid of a job or any income – charged not one but two pairs of expensive cowboy boots to a credit card in a single afternoon. I…

On Being “A Farmer’s Wife”

I once gave a friend a few quotes for a parenting article she was doing for a women’s magazine. Because the magazine discouraged its writers from interviewing other writers as its “real parents,” she described me as “a farmer’s wife.”…