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INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING

Writer, Public Speaker, Writing Instructor

 

August 7, 2020

We got a nice rain in August.

I wrote that sentence and then wondered to myself how many of the people who read this column will understand what it means. There are now only about 1.3 million farmers in the country. Even if you include every single gardener, not many pe...

July 31, 2020

Well, I’m sleeping alone.

I just had knee replacement surgery and the first night home, it took quite a while to get me tucked in.  Two pillows under my legs so they were higher than my heart, middle of the night medication close at hand, sufficient blankets - I was snu...

July 24, 2020

I’m doing household chores, baby. Yeah…me!

There was rain forecast, I was outside, and I noticed a stapler on our patio table. You know what I did?

I carried it inside.

Let me explain. I got a new knee last week and I’m currently on seven - count ‘em - seven different med...

July 17, 2020

A few years ago, we bought six raspberry plants and stuck them in the ground along the orchard fence.  Now we have a raspberry patch 50 feet long and 6 feet wide, and growing every year. Yesterday I picked two pints of raspberries, it looks like tomorrow I can pick two...

July 10, 2020

I have a great new career opportunity.

Seriously. I’m pretty sure I have a knack for wedding planning.

In my lifetime, I’ve played a role in three weddings. My own wedding was great, but that was a few decades ago and I recognize times change. I didn’t have much to do wi...

July 3, 2020

I’m not good with lawns.

I don’t understand why.

For thirty years, I managed to raise crops on 1,200 acres to help feed a hungry world, so you’d think that an acre of grass would be easy.

You’d be wrong.

We’re having a wedding here on the farm in October. It’s pretty excit...

June 26, 2020

I’m a normal person.

Okay, maybe a couple quirks, but all in all, sort of a regular guy.

So why do I have such strange dogs?

We had a storm over the weekend. Thunder, lightning, and a quick, hard rain. I looked through the hall window into the porch and found that the out...

June 19, 2020

Do you know the tv show “Naked and Afraid?”

If not, p