Author Archives: Clem

Cows – a gut check… and the future of beer?

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. […]

Watching from the sidelines

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 […]

Riff on an old saw

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 […]

Losing a step

[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 […]

Earth Day 2018 – what side are you on?

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 […]

A tough week.

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 […]

Old time farming, the future of farming, science as political ping pong ball… or Dear Jeff??

Decisions, decisions. What should these stubby fingers be typing about this evening?? Our blogging buddy at The South Roane Agrarian has dropped a gauntlet in the form of a new header photo and a weekend reading list from a rather robust agrarian library. Facing off against such a collection will require significant grit. I may […]

Changing of the year

Goodbye to 2017, and hello to 2018. Caution: navel gazing ahead. I would so enjoy a romp through the political news and accomplishment of 2017. That is, if there were any political news or accomplishment to enjoy. That we are still here to enjoy each other and the earth despite the politics of our day […]

Holiday ruminations

Festivities abound. The year wanes and whether we have much to celebrate or not, there still exist many opportunities for mirth. If the historic birth of a long promised Jewish boy warms your spiritual self then allow me to wish you the Merriest of Christmases. If your family and faith regards more senior Jewish celebrations, […]

Thanksgiving 2017

Several ways to play this one I suppose.  Could go with a time-tested listing of things I’m thankful for.   Could have a go at a satirical listing of things I’d like to be thankful for.  Maybe take a run at a list of things one might guess the other critters on the planet could be […]