Teacher, writer, and international missionary Mary Johnson has settled down at last with her husband, Jeff, in Holbrook, Arizona. In this tiny town, which served as the real life inspiration for the popular animated film, Cars, she keeps busy with writing, hospitality, gardening, and being active at Peace Lutheran Church, where Jeff is the pastor. In this blog, she tells stories of small town life, work, and ministry.

U.P. Bear

Mary, Jeff, Andrew and Friend


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Diana on March 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Mary! I finally found you! Looking for you on FaceBook and discovered your BEAUTIFUL web pages. You are a fantastic photographer. Holbrook does not know what a gem of beauty, kindness, hospitality, and talent is right under our noses! Hope you had a blessed Easter 2013! Diana


    • Thanks for your kind words, Diana! Hope you will continue to follow the blog. I’ve been away from it for a while as I’ve been taking up some of the slack for Jeff during this period of headaches, but I’ll be getting back to it this week. Glad you enjoyed the reading!


  2. Posted by The Thrival Map Network on March 22, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Mary! Hello! I would love to speak with you about Holbrook and it’s state of thrival! Are you the wonderful being who facilitated the Holbrook Farmers Market? Is that still going on? Trying to find details online! Please email me at thrivalmap@gmail.com or find me on Facebook at the Arizona Thrival Map Network! I must know :D!


    • Hi! I sometimes wonder if Holbrook has a state of thrival, but then something happens that encourages me. No, although I was one of the instigators of the Farmers Market here, it is Darsel Minter who has run it since its founding–and very capably, too. I got to participate last year and loved it, but I will not be able to be as active this year due to working on Saturday mornings. Holbrook isn’t a perfect community, but it certainly is a nice place to live.


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