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Why We Can't Be Friends By: 10/21/2014 @ 6:15am

I was working on my daughter’s heating system and having a few issues.  Since I was operating right on the ragged edge of incompetence (a place I spend too much time), I…

The Old Man By: 06/03/2014 @ 12:46pm

I saw an old friend this week and we talked a little Hemingway.We do have other things in common, but we’re a couple of old guys who have an affection for another old guy…

Memorial Day and Graduation… By: 05/27/2014 @ 7:45am

Having Graduation Day and Memorial Day in such close proximity has the potential to be a little odd.  It can lead to a pretty emotional weekend.This year we only have four…

Easter 2014 By: 04/22/2014 @ 8:34am

For reasons no one cares about, I have to be out the door at 5:30 a.m., six days a week, so I actually only get about one good night’s sleep a week – on Saturday.Except for…

Vigil By: 04/15/2014 @ 7:34am

I just spent the evening with a whole group of very nice people who wanted more than anything in the world to be somewhere else.It was our community’s annual Walk and…

Pitchfork By: 01/21/2014 @ 6:32am

If you’re going to be a farmer, you need to re-invest if you’re going to keep improving your operation.  A new combine can cost a half million dollars, a big tractor a…

School bus lessons By: 01/06/2014 @ 9:10am

Everything I needed to know I learned from riding the school bus.    One of the first nuggets of wisdom bestowed by the bus was the importance of punctuality. The…

New Year 2013 By: 12/26/2013 @ 8:58am

Three things have been rattling around in my head this week…Lately, I’ve been fretting a little bit about money, which is kind of new for me.  I like the things you can…

A review of 2013 By: 12/23/2013 @ 10:41am

As we drag yet another year out to the curb, it might behoove us to paw through the jetsam one last time and review the jumble that was 2013.    Among the biggest…

A Thanksgiving day play By: 11/18/2013 @ 8:25am

The Thanksgiving meal is a theatrical event that features a peculiar cast of characters. Take the turkey, the undisputed star of the show. A domesticated turkey is an empty-headed…

So here I am in Uganda By: 11/08/2013 @ 7:02am

So here I am in Uganda.That’s another sentence I never saw myself writing, but I lead a complicated life and sometimes end up in places that I never intended to go.I belong to…

Fall plowing By: 10/28/2013 @ 8:54am

It’s always nice when a father and son can bond by going out and getting plowed.The recent arrival of frosty mornings was a portent of things to come and a reminder that we will…

Return the Land By: 10/22/2013 @ 8:57am

Our dilemma about our land was not at all unusual. In fact, it was probably typical. Rather, it was our solution that was new. I write this hoping that the course we chose to take…

Deer hunting By: 10/15/2013 @ 7:27am

I checked the statute of limitations, and I think it’s OK to tell this story.Just in case I’m wrong, none of the names are real, and maybe I’m making the whole thing up…

In the news: Affordable Care… By: 10/08/2013 @ 6:31am

I don’t know how to start my day anymore. I’m used to getting up early and reading the morning papers as I eat breakfast and drink my first cup of coffee. These days I can…

Another operation By: 10/01/2013 @ 10:11am

I thought I’d pulled a muscle.We’d been doing an extraordinary amount of walking, in odd places, and I thought a pulled muscle would explain the mild pain I was feeling in my…

Coming home By: 09/24/2013 @ 7:46am

John Steinbeck’s valuable book, “Travels with Charley,” tells the tale of his 1960 trip around the United States in a pickup camper, accompanied by his poodle, Charley…

Grateful for fall By: 09/23/2013 @ 9:36am

After a long, sultry summer, the temperature has fallen, and we are grateful for that. Not only will it cost less to keep our cool, but many will also benefit from the memory…

Peru By: 09/17/2013 @ 7:38am

Peru is an incredible place. In Lima, we ate a lunch of fresh seafood cooked only by the lime juice in which it was served, huddled under a propane heater in a restaurant…

Finding Dave By: 09/12/2013 @ 2:23pm

A farm isn't a farm without a dog, right?Last winter, we had to have our border collie, Riley, put to sleep. She was 15 years old, and her health had just deteriorated to…

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