With the arrival of mid-May, every farmer I know is feeling the need to push hard through any window of opportunity.
How do you say goodbye when good neighbors move?
It seems, somehow, that we had a very good year last year. It’s always shocking, isn’t it, to be told just how much your hard work paid off — that you look pretty darn successful on paper — and for that, an enormous chunk of money must be handed over. Every year, we think we […]
“Religion, philosophy and science have become a part of our developing earth-concern. We discuss the waste and conservation of our natural resources, the need of green areas, farms, breathing spaces, parks, and wilderness. Distressed by urban sprawl and the decay of cities and the alarming decrease of space for solitude which man inherently requires, we […]
Part II Check out the first column on this series here. In the world of animal health, a positive ending to testing or treatment is always a hopeful priority. One enormous difference between the animal care world and that of human care, is this: sometimes, those seeking the care for those they love are much […]
“Let’s be honest, many human doctors regard veterinary medicine as crude, plodding and nebulous.” — Dr. Nick Trout, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life As an Animal Surgeon Part I of II Over a lifetime, I have held veterinarians in high regard, having been blessed to […]
A concussion left Judith Sutherland in pain after her fall this winter.
Farmers pay homage to generations of the past.
I am touched by the many readers who have personally withstood similar loss, for their words of understanding resonate deeply.
Paradise may be found from the inside, looking out, on these winter days, when the bare-boned trees are covered with glistening ice and snow. But living in it is sometimes more challenging. Slippery ice Running an errand for my office one day last week, I found myself face-planted in ice-encrusted snow after slipping on a […]
In this life, we have to stand stronger than the winds that blow. It goes without saying that none of us could stand strong without an unyielding yoke holding us steady through life’s storms. No man could sustain heartache and loss without an unquestioning faith and the steadying compassion of others. It is this that […]
A barn fire: “My husband later said the moment he opened the door, he felt he was staring the Devil in the eye.”
“A horse gallops with its lungs, perseveres with its heart, and wins with its character.” — Tessio All of my life, I realize now that I totally misunderstood one extremely important part of horsemanship, and perhaps life in general. Now that the light has been cast upon my misconception, everything makes much more sense. Maybe, […]
“The journey through life is brightened and enlightened by those who travel at least part of it on horseback.” —Anonymous Part Three Ponies, my friend Cindy explained to me just yesterday, have two gears. The first gear, she said, is known as a filling-loosening trot; second, a flat-out gallop. “Wait,” I said. “What is that […]
Ash Day. Someone had to scoop the gray powdery ash from the bottom of the coal furnace, dumping it in to buckets. This is possibly the worst job known to man.
We have been waiting too long for the policy makers to realize something major needs to be changed with the entire structure of the farm bill.
“Hurry up! Grab the crayons and I’ll get the scissors!” This was my “order from headquarters” from an older sister when we were kids and Christmas was drawing near. After asking permission, we would take the scissors to an old Sears or Montgomery Ward catalog and begin clipping out pictures of everything our little hearts […]
Farming with the littlest farmer yields some dandy bonuses that glitter more than gold coins from a banker’s vault. My nephew and wife were invited to a local wedding reception for a life-long friend who works as a hunting guide in Alaska, where he met and married his bride. I was happy to be asked […]
Freddie Sprague got the mumps in late October, and they closed the school. That month was the best I ever had in some ways. It started off bad because Bill, our old white horse, died. Mother wouldn’t let us quit studying just because the school-house was closed, so as soon as the supper dishes were […]
“There are only two kinds of men in this world: Honest men and dishonest men. …Any man who says the world owes him a living is dishonest. The same God that made you and me made this earth. And He planned it so that it would yield every single thing that the people on it […]