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Amish Barn Raising Pictures

This afternoon these pictures of an Amish barn raising came across our Facebook feed.  As I scrolled through the comments, I noticed the photographer (Randy Fath) said he was fine with anyone wanting to share them. He didn’t have to … Continue reading

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The Hula Hoop Tree

The Hula Hoop tree. ______________________________ If you’re looking for a fun whimsical road trip idea, consider tracking down the Hula Hoop tree. Here is a clue….it is located in Eastern Iowa…North of Iowa City, South and West of Dubuque. ______________________________________ … Continue reading

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It is possible

  I remember reading the book Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald way back in the mid 1980’s.  I remember writing out various long term life goals, mostly in the interpersonal relationship realm, but other goals as well. At … Continue reading

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Morning Cure

Morning Cure 6:00 AM The sweet unmistakable smell of freshly cut drying hay greeted me this morning when I woke up….. it reminded me of a Grant Wood painting. DM  

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Ten things to keep in mind when starting a small orchard in Iowa

I met with a young man this afternoon who wants to plant 100 apple trees on his acreage.  I invited him to our property  this afternoon to go over some basics. I knew I could pass onto him in 30 … Continue reading

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Thoughts while pruning

The buds on the apple tree  starting to swell. The honk of geese,  the raucous caw of the crows. Aslan is  afoot. _____________________________________________ Notes on this poem.  I was out early this week pruning.  I have between 90 and  100 … Continue reading

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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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