Neither humans, nor animals, should be subjected to uniformity or standardization. My goal was to cleave it between the yolks… Chicken-keeping injects weirdness into your life. This is a rarely touted benefit. While combing through the final edit of my next book, drawing out extra words like so many nits, I’m awestruck by the role … More Vive la peculiar!
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.
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
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
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!
Awareness and gratitude are a chicken and egg situation. Which comes first? Are they one and the same? Being fully aware of the world around you, having knowledge of it, and experiencing it in all it’s subtle shades and endless variety is something that comes gradually as our perception becomes more and more capable of … More Practical Ways to Cultivate Awareness and Gratitude in Daily Life, Part 1
It’s hard to believe, but this motley crew of chicks should crank out somewhere between 2,800 – 3,200 eggs for our family (and a few for VIP’s nearby) before we ship them out for retirement in 2.25 years (calculation based on 5 laying hens). See if you can pick out the odd duck! We picked … More Duck! The Chickens are Here!