A couple of years ago, my daughter and her family moved from the hustle and bustle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana to the very small rural town of Castor, Louisiana. Castor has a population of about 300 people, and town life centers around the Castor General Store and the Castor Cafe.
Because the area that their house is in was at one time the town of Mulberry, they have named their place Mulberry Manor. Over the past two years they have been working hard on Mulberry Manor, doing lots of repairs and remodeling on the old farmhouse, putting in a big garden, clearing land, planting an orchard and raising chickens.
This weekend we visited Mulberry Manor for Easter. We had a great time. We attended the Marthaville SDA Church where I had been invited to speak. The topic I spoke on was Who Do You Think You Are? My son-in-law's grandparents were instrumental in starting and building the Marthaville Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
My grand daughters had a great time dyeing and decorating Easter Eggs. Easter morning the rain held off long enough for hiding and finding the eggs out in the garden.
Even though it rained most of the weekend, it was beautiful. Spring is much further along in North Louisiana than it is here in Western Arkansas. The dogwoods, redbuds and wildflowers are in bloom. Mulberry Manor is a beautiful place in the spring.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.