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Some wheat fields

The winter wheat harvest is hitting its stride in the Heartland. “For amber waves of grain” is more than a pretty lyric in a beautiful song at the moment. Within a week or so the winter wheat harvest will grind farther north and leave Heartland fields idle or set for a double crop such as […]

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 […]

Some people

In the previous post I mentioned traveling to northern Ohio locations to check on soybean research plots.  If you are not excited by a vast expanse of flat earth festooned with soybean field and corn field followed closely by another soybean field which is in turn followed by another corn field for mile after mile and […]

Remembering Mother on Father’s Day

Mom passed on the 21st of last month.  She was 79.  My father passed in 2012, so technically my four brothers and I are now orphans.  The five of us are all grown men.  Most with adult children; hardly the images of orphans.  It may seem strange make a point of losing both parents in […]

It takes a leap

  Leap day, 2016. Pity we don’t get to have a leap day more often.  But perhaps the rarity makes it all the more special.  One of my brothers will celebrate a birthday tomorrow.  He was born in a leap year and just several hours past the end of leap day.  If he’d managed to […]

The Old Barn

For Christmas one of my brothers gave me a pen. A nice pen, with a wooden barrel.  The cool part… well better than cool actually… the wood came from the old barn.   Growing up on a farm used to be such an ordinary thing in the middle of the US. And growing up on […]

Diaspora du jour

The great migration and refugee resettlement underway in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has captured our global attention. This is not the first mass exodus in history, and likely not the last. Other great migrations have been well documented, but many happened before recorded history and are now being pieced together to build the […]

Selfie with pollinator from across the pond

Several weeks ago Jeff Ollerton posted a photo of himself with a bee.  I smiled and went on my way.  Then yesterday as I was mucking about in the back yard I noticed several bees busying themselves with matters of survival.  Curiosity got the better of me.  How hard could it be?  I did manage to […]