Category Life Lessons

“Now that we can do anything, we must do less.”

Brilliant. Might even serve as a title for some forthcoming text on sustainability. One could easily do worse. The first internet mention of this remark I can find occurred in the comments section of the Archdruid Report  in July of 2008.

Political winds

The attack upon the health care legislation of the previous U.S. administration has been yanked. Its likely failure cited as the cause.  Politics. I’m not a politician in the professional sense. I do vote.  I do have opinions, and have been guilty of sharing some from time to time.  But in the arena of finger […]

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 […]

Marmota monax day

The humble groundhog… one might wonder why such a critter warrants its own special day. After all, there are only 365.25 days in a year to go around.  Here in the U.S. Martin Luther King gets a day; Presidents Washington and Lincoln share a day.  Mothers, Fathers, and Veterans each get a day.  We set […]

What comes around…

The winter solstice is just around the corner. Days are short, and tempers aren’t so long now either. I had to stop and get gas on the way home last night. It was still early evening, but the sun had set a couple hours before and it was pretty crisp out.  Indeed, it was cold […]

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 […]

Judging Science

The Ohio State Science Day (science fair) was yesterday.  This was the 68th edition.  Not such a long time in the grander scheme of things.  But it is becoming a fine tradition. The Ohio Soybean Council has been participating several years now as an award sponsor.  I have had the pleasure of assisting OSC as a […]

Two weeks into April

Ah, springtime.  Too much to do.  I was trying to catch up on some messages in my computer inbox and came across this, well… may as well quote much of the beast: Dear System User:  New software for backup of our corporate servers now flags individual user accounts with more than 10,000 contacts in the […]

We hope no one is burned

Hard as it may be to believe this old man went to high school. And as far back in history as this occurred there are still remnants of the school itself.  Archeologists needn’t dig for this one (yet). There was a particularly interesting young lady in my class, and her father was the Fire Chief. […]