The detonation just about shattered us. That day—a week+ in the rearview mirror—may have been the most stressful of my adult life. Thankfully, it’s all smoothing over. At the time, it felt like all may be lost. Though we curled up into a ball, catatonic, somehow we didn’t succumb to self-pity. Here’s what happened, all within … More When Calamity Strikes, HOLD ON!
Throughout the summer months, Duluth is regularly carpet-bombed by boxes of vegetables. The popularity of CSA’s (community supported agriculture) has exploded in recent years in these parts. Where previously this sort of labor-intensive, organic farming comprised a small, niche market, it now seems to be penetrating the outer periphery of the mainstream. Not only are … More A tale of three organic farms defying the odds, and one on the way
This is an account of one of our family’s best days last year. Father’s Day is a glorious all-day event in my home. So committed is my trio of kids and spouse to making it special, they eagerly celebrated it with me a week in advance. Of course an epic adventure was in order. The … More Adventure Begins When Things Go Wrong
It’s a gorgeous evening with a relatively clear sky, vivid stars in 3D, and a halo around the moon (formed as light refracts through ice crystals in the atmosphere). The temperature is frigid, but not bitter, at a few degrees below zero with no breeze. The wife is in the house with some friends watching … More Dealing With Adversity, and Being Ready for It.