customer since 1998
Founder and owner, Nest Fresh Eggs; chicken farmer.
1. To instill “small town values” in my
daughter, AnnaBelle, no matter where we live. I want
her to respect other people and their property, to
be compassionate and tolerant of people’s differences,
and to be curious about the world around her and beyond.
2. To continue to keep my business and myself healthy.
Sometimes these seem mutually exclusive, but soon
after starting the business I found out the hard way
that keeping a balance is important.
3. To start the dual doctoral program at Denver University
in Comparative Religions and Culture.
I love to read all kinds of material: nonfiction,
fiction, periodicals, poetry, and news and business
magazines. Learning is how I relax. I’m trying
to garden more, and we take lots of long walks as
a family. My husband, Steve, owns his own business,
too, so we spend a lot of time talking business. That
might sound stressful, but we are really energized
by sharing our ideas
with each other. Travel is another favorite, but with
two businesses and a preschooler, that’s been
a lower priority.
My aunt May Belle Osborne has been my hero for as
long as I can remember. When I was a young girl in
the Ozarks, I was dazzled by her glamour as she modeled
for Vogue and other fashion magazines. She was a rebel.
When relatives would tell me in exasperation that
I was “... just like your Aunt May Belle”
I was flattered. But a devastating illness, rheumatoid
arthritis, completely disabled her in her early 30s,
and she moved back to southwest Missouri. Always an
iconoclast and intelligent thinker, she married a
man ten years her junior, and they opened their Ozark
home to all kinds of people and ideas. She was an
artist until her hands could no longer hold the materials.
She farmed organically until she could no longer stand.
Never acceding to authority, May Belle has always
challenged “the way things are” in a big
picture way while accepting “the way things
are” with her illness. She’s had most
of her joints replaced or fused, and had back surgery
and breast cancer. With little bitterness, she sees
the irony in the fact that the body that once made
her the envy of others is the same body that now makes
others look away. May Belle, just over 60 now, is
still smart and beautiful. Even with her disabilities,
she has always taken care of her skin and put on her
makeup. She’s proud. She’s still a rebel
and a thinker. She reminds me of where real beauty
It is not right that I should have clogged pores and
wrinkles at the same time!
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