The key to successful partnering. And, how did the chickens go?

The hard work of life will never be split perfectly down the middle 50/50 between two willing partners. Ever. The sooner you come to realize that, you’ll be happier, and your partnerships across all areas of life will be healthier. In any partnership—business, marriage, friendship—the workload shouldered by each individual is always fluctuating, never static. … More The key to successful partnering. And, how did the chickens go?

Death and mayhem

That path through the oats, the getaway route, was the only evidence. No feathers, blood, or other carnage were left as evidence. 12 hours after burying our family dog, we discovered that 80 chickens had been carried away. If it weren’t for this obvious path, I might have thought the boogeyman did it. Gobs of … More Death and mayhem

A mob of poultry in the city, and swimming with ducklings.

I met Joel Salatin at an agricultural conference recently. Afterward, I was stunned to realize that there was nobody else on Earth I would’ve rather met. Not the President. Not Bob Dylan. No sports figure. Though he was due to speak to a large crowd in mere moments, he was fully engaged and animated in our … More A mob of poultry in the city, and swimming with ducklings.

Chickens in bitter cold, and The Smartest Guy in the World

I was tempted to title this post I’m the Smartest Guy in the World, but I decided to wait until another life-changing epiphany flows from my extra large brain. Two in a row ain’t no accident folks, so that’s when I’ll stake my claim. Today’s act of greatness—one which arose from a unique moment of procrastination fused with perceived need—consisted … More Chickens in bitter cold, and The Smartest Guy in the World

A riot of chlorophyll on the darkest of days

The visual manifestation of chlorophyll is truly lovely, precious even, when two-thirds of the day is cloaked in darkness. Chlorophyll is a poor absorber of the green portion of the electro-magnetic spectrum, hence its color, which it reflects. These luscious 18-inch patches, looking like stolen portions of a golf course green, are wheat grass. A friend … More A riot of chlorophyll on the darkest of days

Caffeinated Chickens, Castoffs, and How I Finally Used My Master’s Degree

Coffee chaff in the chicken coop??? This chicken is pondering the same thing, but we’ve determined that it’s completely awesome! A byproduct of the roasting process, they are light, fluffy, compost much more rapidly than the pine shavings these are replacing, smell fantastic, block odors, and are free! I collect mine from high-end coffee roasters located … More Caffeinated Chickens, Castoffs, and How I Finally Used My Master’s Degree

Chickens and Clotheslines for Connectivity With the Natural World

Our motley crew of baby chickens and ducks spent the day outside in the chicken tractor while enjoying their first 80-degree day. Fresh air does them good. The sensation of grass and dirt between their toes, spindly chicken legs, and mud-flap-like duck feet/paddles, provides a thrill. A quick breeze ruffles brand new feathers, briefly exposing … More Chickens and Clotheslines for Connectivity With the Natural World

When things don’t go as planned or hoped

By 9:33 (three minutes in) I was already glancing at my wristwatch, realizing this was going to be a dues-paying experience. I was slotted for a 90-minute “book-signing,” but failed to deface a single copy with my autograph. The event was completely unadvertised, and the gracious coffee-ninja running the place had no idea I was … More When things don’t go as planned or hoped

Dog, Ducks, Chicks, EVISCERATION, and Making a MESS of Myself on Television!

Life happens, even when we’re not looking. I’m learning to roll with it and enjoy the ride. Here are two rather epic examples that came with the worst timing imaginable. They impacted two of the most important events of my young career as a writer/author/weirdo. Two hours before my book launching party at a local … More Dog, Ducks, Chicks, EVISCERATION, and Making a MESS of Myself on Television!