Category Happiness

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Every Earth should have its day.

Earth Day. Tag der Erde. Gauisus Terra Dies. El Día De La Tierra.  A terrific invention.  Setting up a day upon our calendars dedicated to thinking about our tiny little planet seems so appropriate. And there is SO much to think about. For starters, it’s not such a tiny little planet.  Ok, there is Jupiter.  […]

Gift of good brothers

Along the lines of Wendell Berry’s Gift of Good Land.  Value of family vs family values.  The Waltons – but not Walmart. I don’t find it too difficult to argue that one inherits their family. And not just the family one is born into, but also the family one creates as life develops.  If you’ve […]

Are there angles in nature?

We are elements of the landscape, you and me. We take up our space, consume resources, and we serve as resource for others.  We as a species have an incredible impact on the natural world.  We are not some monolithic collection of related animals… we come in many shades and sizes; we occupy habitats across […]

Playin’ hooky

Gorgeous day out there. A bit cool this morning, but appropriate for the date.  At work we’re getting ready to get out from under the roof.  It will still be a bit before planting gets underway in a serious manner.  Still, longer days, bright sunshine, greening grass, blooming forsythia… visions of sugarplums er, I mean […]

Farming in the U.S.

Hunting and gathering may have been de rigueur in the Ohio valley a thousand years ago, but over the last 500 years more deliberate attempts have been made to scratch a living from this particular piece of earth.  Caucasian settlement of the Ohio valley has a history of almost 250 years now, virtually all centered […]