Back in October I posted a piece on cow guts.  In it I mentioned two avenues to remediation of methane evolution from ruminant guts, the methane affecting atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and global warming (a hot topic). Due credit was given to research to modify the cows through breeding, and to changing cow rations through […]

Poetry is a broad artistic pursuit.  There are many forms, styles, and qualities.  Poets come in all sizes, shapes, and accomplishments.  There are poems which posses little hope of being mistaken for great literature… but still may offer a little smirk.  For me the limerick often does the trick.  The clerihew comes fast on the […]

There seems to be value in reflection; where we’ve been, what we’ve done. Positive memories bring a nostalgia and warming of the heart. Negative memories call forth a resolve to learn from mistakes or guide us toward paths which avoid repeats. The turn of the year seems as good a place as any to take […]

A red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, stopped by the house last weekend. A juvenile I believe. We see hawks now and then, they’re not all that rare in these parts… but one tends to see them out in open country and not so much near human habitats. This particular hawk wasn’t the least bit shy – […]

The North American soybean harvest of 2018 is not yet in the books. It consumes this writer and many others as perhaps it should. It may interest many that for much of the eastern parts of the North American bread basket the harvest thus far has gone fairly well, and yields have been quite good. […]

The St Louis Cardinals won’t be in the baseball playoffs this year. My heart will eventually mend. The Cardinals probably shouldn’t be in the playoffs, they didn’t really deserve it this year – but they did have a chance. They’ll be back. I now find myself cheering for the Chicago Cubs. A strange development. If […]

At a livestock auction long ago, my father and I had finished loading up our purchase and were turning about to make our exit. It had started to rain lightly, and the already muddy drive was getting worse by the minute. As we made our way up toward the hard road we came upon a […]

[ed. note: It has been very quiet here for a couple months.  My appologies.  No excuses…. perhaps this is an opportunity for me to ‘step up’?] If you’ve lived long enough to know yourself rather well, to know what your body is capable of (and not capable of), then you may realize when the bones […]

Last year on this date Ruben Anderson and I each posted an Earth Day piece. [1, 2] Looking back one year – here in the U.S. the Trump Administration had only three months under its belt, but the fierce political dichotomies leading up to DT’s election had been brewing for quite some time. Every subject […]

Life is a fine thing. Happy are those who enjoy the journey. And my own particular journey has been mostly enjoyable. And I’ve been mostly happy for it. But this past week a bird died. The poor thing started the week off as would be its want. The time had come, however, and it will […]