Monday, May 30, 2016

Last week, we talked about trends that shouldn't surprise anyone: the generation gap, agriculture beyond food and fiber, and learning to "be human.

I've complained before about the way small appliances accumulate in my kitchen. Finding a home for them is tough.

The future of every successful dairy operation depends on a steady supply of healthy, productive replacement heifers calving between 22 and 24 months of age.

Every time I hear those opening lyrics, "the hills are alive with the sound of music" I feel compelled to stop what I am doing and sing along.

Generally, I shun technology. Fear it, even. I am still using a circa 1997 computer because, quite frankly, I'm scared to death of having to approach some 17-year-old employee at the equivalent of a "Techno Toys "R" Us" and showcase my pathetic ignorance.

Under the pile of wrapping paper left from the holidays and newspapers left from 2005 lurks some not-so-fun, 2006 items for the nation, farmers and ranchers.

Adapt. Flex, Experience. Create. Focus. Partner. Shift. Imagine. Start. Enjoy. These are futurist Jim Carroll's 10 "great words for 2006," and they're a good fit for January's new beginnings.

Flip. Waddle. Flop. Splash. I'd probably see black and white birds in my sleep. I stretched back to relieve my stiffness.

Up to now, I have resisted physical activity in the form of "working out" the way fish, say, resist learning to ride a bicycle.

From the high, clear-view perch of the new year, certain facts and events of 2006 are already visible.
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