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Kirsten Shockey lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, where before on-line streaming, JPR Classics and News was the only radio station she and her family could capture. It played from atop the refrigerator all day, and she heard Carol Barrett and Hank Henry’s As It Was each morning. Shockey has been a long-time JPR contributor and enjoys supporting the Southern Oregon Historical Society and JPR by digging up regional stories. Her days are a chaotic combination of parenting, day job, and dealing with whatever the climate and a homestead in the forest flings her way. Every day is different. Kirsten can be found with her husband Christopher watering, mucking stalls, preserving harvests, making cheese, cleaning, dancing on the porch, planting trees, chopping firewood, hiking, reading, or writing. At the end of the day they go to bed exhausted and knowing life is good.