Tag Archives: History

Snapshots

Two years ago, my aunt Rosie gave me a cardboard  box of 35 mm slides she’d inherited from her aunt Annie from Germany. there were probably two to three hundred slides.    Most of the slides were taken before I … Continue reading

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Timber

Stand of timber just west of my parents by my buddy Jim’s __________________________________________________________ Wood heat. I grew up with it. My parents still heat their  farmhouse with wood,  and dad is 84. I love wood heat. I love everything that … Continue reading

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Wildness

Spent an hour and 1/2 moving wood chips with my brother’s skid loader yesterday. We had a thunderstorm sometime in the middle of the night.  I vaguely remember stumbling out of bed and unplugging the computer.  Even with a surge protector … Continue reading

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Grandpa and The Overton Window

I (DM) became a grandpa twice more in 2014. Inconceivable! How can I, a young man of 27  be a grandpa four times over??? Wife was asked to babysit with Kasen  Saturday night so I tagged along. Sitting on the … Continue reading

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Spring Potato Harvest

Last year it happened by accident. This year I did it on purpose. I left some of our potato crop in the ground over the winter under heavy mulch. Some of the potatoes  turned to mush and some of them … 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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Let me build you a barn beam mantle!

Rustic wood corbel in my shop Barn Beam mantles for sale I got a message a few weeks ago via Craigslist asking whether I sell barn beam mantles (in addition to making harvest tables out of reclaimed wood.) Harvest tables … Continue reading

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