from sky to seed

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    Some magic

    On this first day of the year we woke long after dawn to a sun high and hot enough to burn off the fog. The ground was glazed in a thin sheath of frost, the cats mewed restlessly…

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    Grief to garden

    I used to think that the only kind of gardening worth doing was gardening that produced something worth eating. A noble concept, sure, but also astonishingly arrogant. I look back…

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    Never can say goodbye

    The morning Pax died, I folded her body into our favorite summer sheet, a crisp white percale with pale green paisley print. As I carried her across the yard, I took note of her…

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    Flowering trees

    Some time ago, the woman (I assume it must have been a woman, of course) who lived on this farm planted three apple trees along the fence line. Who knows how long ago. Twenty,…

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    Double-wide life

    Jon and I tossed around the idea of building a house for a year or two, but we just never quite built up the stock-pile of patience needed to actually commit to that kind of a…

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    Bluff Dwellers Cavern

    It was 1925, and when Arthur Browning felt cool air welling from a low dark crack on his property, he knew that the bluff masked a cave. Over the next two years, he excavated,…

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    Elk River, Labor Day

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    Love is our essential task

    I heard this great quote on a soundcloud episode the other day (and the source of the quote originally appeared this New York Times Modern Love column) and shared it with Jon and…

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    Come rain, come cow

    They say that cows lie down when weather’s coming. “They” are right. We’ve had torrential rains this summer. It’s destroyed a lot of gardens. Farmers…

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    Tomato models

    Pretty, ain’t they?

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    My new maine squeeze

    What more is there to say? We got a Maine Coon. She knows she adorable. Meet Emmy Lou.

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    Wide row gardening and bok choy

    I’m backdating this a bit, but I’ve got good reason for the delay. For the past several weeks, we’ve been living out in the sticks, way out down in the country,…

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    Transitioning tomatoes

    Last year, I started a bunch of tomatoes from seed–my very first effort ever–and had absolutely no clue what I was doing. For all the alleged tomato-growing-magicians…

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    It takes a village

    We bought a house. Have I mentioned that? Well, not exactly a house — but a manufactured home. A double-wide. A trailer. I say this shruggingly. Where I grew up, so many…

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    Valley of Fire

    We ran away from the Missouri winter for a few days in the desert. I loved and felt so lucky sharing a place like this with Jon. I got to spend some time in backcountry Utah a few…

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    As local as it gets

    In some other phantom life, I’d be a vegan. I don’t have strong feelings about animal rights (sorry!), but I do believe that there are significant benefits to eating a…

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    Men at work

    *contains graphic imagery* It’s a bloody business, operating a cattle farm. The days ticking down to Thanksgiving are typically a flurry of family matters and last-minute…

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    Flight behavior

    The other day I was trying to clear some clutter off the counters, but so much of it is Jon’s stuff. We have a small apartment with very little storage. I can’t seem to…

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    Wonderful 100 and what I’ve learned

    Oh hey, I wrote my 100th blog post yesterday! To my 125+ (!!!!!) followers, thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, can you please tell your friends about me? “A word after a…

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    The only things that are important in life are the things that you remember

    Years ago, when I was younger and more innocent and naive and sweet and firmer and perhaps an all around better person (i.e. a child) than I am today, I was the youngest writer in…

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    Not such a dumbass after all

    I had more than my share of struggles this summer — namely super shitty terrible hard soggy sticky clay soil — which left me less than enthusiastic to write. After…

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    First planting

    A bunch of plain brown dirt doesn’t make for the prettiest portrait background, but that’s the reality of gardening. It ain’t always pretty, and it’s…

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    The brief now

    “Healing is a small and ordinary and very burnt thing.” – Cheryl Strayed I have four magazine deadlines in six days and I’ve been away for a long time, but…

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    Circus monkeys

    Yesterday was the 6th annual fly-in at Stearman Field, a small, privately-owned airport just outside of Wichita.  Jon knows the owners from an aircraft purchase a few years…

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    Welcome to the world, baby sprouts

    I spent a long weekend in Upstate New York, neglecting the seeds and everything they promised for a long, rainless stretch of days.  When I got back to Missouri, two of the…

  • Pax, my moody, kooky, brilliant, nine year old blue merle border collie.

    Every dog day

    An easy summary of farming life with Pax, my dog, via stolen passages from the incredibly beautiful The Dog Stars by Peter Heller: “We need a hill, I called, picking up the…

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    There be monsters

    The corner of Missouri that I’m starting to call “home” is a community so small that when you walk into a liquor store, people tip their heads and ask,…

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    Sowing and sown

    Last March, I gave Jon the poem, “A Birthday” by W.S.  Merwin.  Its closing lines: “The long way to you is still tied to me / but it brought me to you”…


    Here and gone

    I’ve lived here three years and I still get lost on the county roads. They’re not well-signed. Google Maps is not reliable. The service drops out…

    At the corner of 14th & Oak

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