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Light for Light: An Update

Masaai boys herd goats into a nighttime enclosure in Northern Tanzania, 2013 One of the cool things about this writer/farmer/photographer life is that — aside from raising pigs and producing food for Michigan families, which is something I love and am passionate about in and of itself — I also get to use my talents …

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In Praise of Mexican Asparagus

  One of the problems with the locavore movement is that it expects a superhuman amount of willpower. And I say that as someone who would like to fancy herself — with a couple notable exceptions we can address at another time — otherwise a supporter of it. At least this is the case for …

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On the Meditation of Work

I have gone in and out of meditative practice many times over the years. A bit, I suppose, like I have gone in and out of a regular writing practice over the years. In both cases, each time I reenter, I rue the day I let it slip. Reentry is turbulent. I was trying to …

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A Few Favorite Things: March 25

“No one ever told me that grief feels so like fear.” – C.S. Lewis This was a tough week. One that came on the heels of many tough weeks before it. I could write about tragedies the world over and crazy politicians in our backyard, but I won’t. If you really want my political and …

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Farewell, Axel

  One of the most gratifying things about raising kids on a farm is that, as they get older, they prove they’ve been paying attention and in some cases know even more than you do. The older a boar gets the more risk there is that he will become dangerous — either because he gets …

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Miscellany: Mud Season Updates

Do not be fooled. That field only looks dry. It’s actually saturated and squishy underfoot. :: :: :: I’m a little behind. Sunday, with just six and a half weeks until last frost, I finally put tomato seeds to dirt. I wasn’t too worried about it. I’m planning on buying most of our plants this year, …