This painting has been on Shawna’s easel for a LONG time. It has been in progress for most of the year. I thought it was pretty much done two months ago, but still she let it sit a while (waiting for those ducks to finally fly in and complete it). After looking at it from … More On Tainting the Well
I’ve planted tens of thousands of seeds in a scene that looks just like this, more times than I’d care to count this spring… The thermostat seems stuck between 33 and 38 degrees. The sun is all but snuffed out. Even today, snowflakes have blown around amidst the apocalyptic-looking scene as if a nuclear winter … More Keep Showing Up. Especially if you’re depressed!
I wrote the following piece for the Garbanzo Gazette, which is a quarterly publication put out by the Whole Foods Co-op for its 12,000+ members. I’m sharing it here, because it contains the germ of a critical message I’m continually working on in life and in my upcoming book. Here’s a 48-second video I filmed … More Indulge your idiosyncrasies. They make you YOU!
5.5 years into this farm business, I’m only beginning to improve at getting away. This week, with only a few days notice, I squeezed in a 44-hour bro vacation with the fella who has been breaking away with me on these for well-nigh a quarter-century. Even shorties like this have a manner of impacting the … More A Big Smooch for Isabella!
Seven men and six women, a full baker’s dozen, blew by me atop the meringue-like crust as if I was standing still. Most were in full lycra suits. Muscular buttocks all, 26 in total, striding and gliding as poetry in motion—bodies and brains perfectly aligned in a complex task— the very picture of focus, while … More Delighting in the slipstream of others
A wood-fired cabin, blanketed in fluffy snow and nestled along the Canadian border, beats the beach any day of the week. This has long been my ideal vacation spot. Now, for the first time, I was able to share the experience with my family. The cabin, built in 1928, is roughly the same vintage as … More The best farmer vacay ever
My new long awaited south-facing grow space has been seeing action for two weeks now, and it’s totally changing my life! It was a real trick getting this thing done before winter, but we made it just in time. Here I am painting the space on an unseasonably warm late fall day, which was a … More Open for business!
The freedom to make choices simply because they feel good, without approval from bosses or bean-counters, is never taken for granted over here. Early last week, in the final hour of Duluth’s last 70 degree day, I desperately needed to soak up those last few golden drops of sunshine. Amazingly, we made it happen after … More Working for yourself has its perks
I’m irrationally exuberant about my new podcast, Never Picked. Won’t you give it a try? A persistent theme, to loosely quote Chesterton, is, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly at first.” That philosophy is demonstrated lock, stock, and barrel, over here, but it is honestly one of the things I desperately wish to inspire … More The Naked Podcaster
As we neared the firing of the cannon marking the end of summer, discontent bubbled up inside me like a witch’s brew in a red hot cauldron, threatening to boil over at any moment. With school set to resume tomorrow, our usual quota for adventure was woefully short. We completely failed to camp together as … More Making it happen after failing so miserably