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Autumn is a time for reflection

Thursday, October 29, 2009

“We worked in the woods for nearly 10 hours today, falling trees, sawing lumber. I could have worked 10 more. There is something invigorating about work in the deep forest, the type of work of which I never tire.” – Alexander Smalley diary entry, 1880 Autumn is the perfect time for reflection, for a walk […]

Lessons learned along life’s path

Thursday, October 22, 2009

“There is a little man in that child who has already stood his ground with the stubborn calves in the barn and the pigs in the feed lot, but there is also the heart of a saint, for he has learned to be patient and kind to those that others consider dumb animals.” – Sedonia […]

Fall’s backdrop makes all the farm chores worth doing

Thursday, October 15, 2009

“Throwing down hay from the highest point of the south mow, I was drawn to the west corner by the tiniest of sounds. Nestled in a tiny bowl of hay, I found a litter of colorful kittens. I watched them stretch and yawn and remember why it is worth the hard work of farming just […]

Family dairy farms struggle to hang on

Thursday, October 8, 2009

All my life, I have been certain of one thing. Dairy farmers are not paid nearly enough. Now, this has been true even when others who write about such things were saying that the industry was strong, the price better than it had been for years. I don’t care what the authors of such things […]

Amish sisters are sweet and innocent

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A knock came on my door as I worked in the kitchen one late afternoon this past week. I was startled because I had not heard a car come down our long lane. I was happily surprised to see that it was the oldest of the three sisters who walk through our farm on their […]

Enjoy the gifts of an early fall

Thursday, September 24, 2009

“I spent the afternoon astraddle the ridge of the new barn-loft roof laying down a ridgecap, a course of overlapping shingles that covers the seam where the shingles meet from each slanting roof face. It would have been difficult not to have been happy up there. The fall migration of monarch butterflies, stunning creatures of […]

Where has all the innocence gone?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

“If you’re in the wrong place, the right things don’t happen.” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1942 There are some things we are given absolutely no choice over in this life. We are born in to a certain place and time, we arrive with parents and family members already in place, and life begins for each […]

Spanky has stepped into leadership role

Thursday, September 3, 2009

“On the farm, I’d come to see that my animals managed to avoid, almost entirely by instinct, the dramas that humans create for themselves. I envied them.” – Jon Katz, Izzy & Lenore I once heard the comment that animals don’t have nearly the troubles that humans have, mostly because they cannot talk. Wow. Truer […]

A lesson from a soft drink cup

Thursday, August 27, 2009

“Wes Jackson is fond of saying that if your life’s work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough. And no one is thinking bigger about sustainable agriculture than Wes Jackson.” – from People We’re Pleased To Know Chipotle Mexican Grill Recently, I stopped for lunch and a soft drink while out […]

Dad’s legacy lives on in memories

Thursday, August 20, 2009

“My father asserted there was no better place to bring up a family than in a rural environment. There’s something about getting up at 5 a.m., feeding the stock and chickens, and milking a couple of cows before breakfast that gives you a lifelong respect for the price of butter and eggs.” — Bill Vaughan […]

We have so much for which to be grateful

Thursday, August 13, 2009

“Dad hitched up the horses and told me the farm was my responsibility now. He was going in search of work, for a week, a month, maybe a year. I felt the weight of it all the way to my bones. I had a man’s job. As Pa drove away, my mother cried. I did […]

‘Pippi’ makes everything less scary

Thursday, August 6, 2009

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” — Anais Nin I met Pippi Longstocking on the first day of school when I was 7 years old, and meeting her changed me forever. I had […]

Summertime brings back memories

Thursday, July 30, 2009

“The summer skies are darkly blue The days are still and bright And evening trails her robes of gold Through the dim halls of night.” — Sarah Helen Whitman, 1803-1878 What a beautiful summer! I would wish for this to last all the way to Christmas and beyond if I thought I could get my […]

Bring back the good old days

Thursday, July 23, 2009

“Never pass up a good opportunity to shut up.” — Will Rogers Tomes of writing have been published on opinions, philosophies, old-fashioned ways of accomplishing all sorts of things, as well as “New Age” thinking on how to manipulate others to see things your way. Not enough is said these days about following good, old […]

Our pony Topper is a keeper

Thursday, July 16, 2009

“It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower…even in this space age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he […]

Judge pony by character, not its past

Thursday, July 9, 2009

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” –Sir Winston Churchill I never would have believed that there is such thing as a perfect pony, but I have witnessed it long enough now to know this is not a fluke. This is the real deal. […]

We are blessed to live in rural America

Thursday, July 2, 2009

“Fireworks bring us together to celebrate all that we have, our many gifts as a free nation.” – Pearl Tinus, 1955 No matter how old we grow to be, bring out an amazing fireworks display and each of us lights up like a child in the depths of summer vacation. Last night, we were once […]

Live by the Golden Rule every day

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. – Matthew 7:12 The first time I ever heard the Golden Rule, I was a very young kid in Sunday school. A very ornery boy was acting up, pushing all the buttons of my dear Sunday school teacher. After politely asking the little boy […]

Never forget what so many have given

Thursday, June 18, 2009

“I stood in the national cemetery and realized, through the stony silence, that I was standing on sacred ground. I was surrounded by monuments of heroic Americans who deserve to be held in high regard for all time.” – Martin Abrams, 1947 Today I was given the opportunity to visit with a true American hero. […]

Stories of my father’s grandparents

Thursday, June 11, 2009

“There were certain things about the farm which Ma understood better than anyone else. For more than her husband and son, whose romanticism often got the best of their practicality, Ma was a real farmer. She knew with certainty where the best apple pies and tart pickles and cream and butter came from, what made […]

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