Category Archives: relationships

You and I and 99 red balloons

The wind was coming out of the Northeast when we released the  balloons.  Within 30 seconds, 80 of them were tangled  up in a pine tree, and that is as far as they went.   The rest of them got … Continue reading

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My One Weakness

  Farm fresh eggs are my one weakness. (Ever see Larkrise to Candleford?… remember Doras Lane?) Like I was just saying..farm fresh eggs are my one weakness… What’s the point of living on a hundred year old farmstead if you … Continue reading

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Eating Alone

I was just outside in the garden picking cherry tomatoes for salsa and picking up windfall apples in the orchard when a poem came to mind.  I couldn’t remember the title, nor the name of the poet…just a couple of … Continue reading

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Personal Boundaries

Quick story… Today at work, we were installing a roof.  Mid morning, Tim  barked at me, “Throw me a tape measure!”  (Keep in mind, I am the boss). I looked at Tim and said, “What’s the magic word?” “Please.” I … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Wake

It happened the  Fall of 2012.  The first time I  read a  poem  that  I instantly connected with. Heck, it was the first time I’d ever connected w/ a poem, period. I mentioned recently, I live in the Hinterlands far … Continue reading

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My Spiral Into Depression

My Spiral Into Depression I learned at CCEF  “almost anything can be at the root of depression: a recent illness in which you get behind in your work, hormonal changes, a reversal of fortune, the consequences of simple negligence, guilt over a particular … Continue reading

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Why you don’t want to come to Iowa

Hinterlands:  a region lying beyond major metropolitan or cultural centers German, from hinter hinder + Land First Known Use: 1890 Synonyms : back country, back lands, backwoods, frontier, outback, up-country _____________________________ Dear Dave, I know you are thinking strongly about … Continue reading

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