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Some Advice for Clearing Brush | The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Some Advice for Clearing Brush by Jeff Coomer

Walk noisily to declare your presence.

The rabbits and deer will leave

as soon as they hear you coming,

but the snakes need time

to process your intentions.

Take a moment to be certain

of what you’re cutting.

Many stems look alike

down close to the ground,

especially when they’re young.

Look up occasionally.

Source: The Writer’s Almanac for October 5, 2017 | Some Advice for Clearing Brush | The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor

“Where the railway was, the river is now.” | Milk Street

Summer! The sights and scents of haying. The sweetness of fern, the hot aroma of wild sage, the occasional whiff of spearmint. The blast of heat up from the tractor, the wind turning leaves at the end of the field a milky silver, birds swooping down over the mowed grass. The rhythmic chugging of the baler, and the occasional snake, pressed flat to the hay, bound up with baling twine like a dull green ribbon.

Summer was also a time for farmhands, Onie and Herbie, who slept in the bunkhouse nearby. Herbie, thick and slow-moving, and Onie, lean like a string bean, showed up every day for noon dinner: a roast, baked potatoes, baking powder biscuits, a well-cooked vegetable, fresh milk from the Holstein out back, and molasses cookies or a slice of pie for dessert. Eating and talking didn’t go together; it was heads down and every man for himself. The potatoes were popped open with a whack of a fist and a sunny yellow pool of homemade melted butter soon followed.

This is the reason I first subscribed to Cooks Illustrated. Chris Kimball’s editor’s note was always the first thing I read. And because of wanting access to his story telling, I became a better cook. So it was with sadness that I did not renew my subscriptions to the entire array of resources after learning of his ouster from the company he started. Thank God he found(ed) another place to call home and another home for his stories… Go check out Milk Street.

Source: “Where the railway was, the river is now.” | Milk Street

600 turn out for birthday cake with Leon Hale – Leon Hale

 

ROUND TOP — Daniel Hale looked around in amazement at the crowd that had given his grandfather a standing ovation when he entered the hall.

“He’s like a rock star,” the 30-year-old said of Houston Chronicle columnist Leon Hale, who celebrated his 90th birthday Saturday at a party attended by about 600 people at the Rifle Association Hall. “I’m loving this.”

Source: 600 turn out for birthday cake with Leon Hale – Leon Hale

Loose Change from Jim Dollar: Home Is Where The Heart Is Welcome No Matter How Different It Might Be

Oneness is not agreement. Like minds like to sleep at different room temperatures and take different approaches to entering meditation. What are the things we all need to agree to? What are the things we can be free to do differently? It’s important to agree about what we can disagree about.

There are women who are pregnant and who, for various reasons, cannot carry their pregnancy to term. They need the option of having an abortion. There are gay people who are in loving, committed, monogamous relationships with each other. They need the option of marriage with full rights and privileges included. There are illegal immigrants in this country who need the option of legitimacy—perhaps “Economic Refugee” status—and ways of working out the details of their residency for the good of all concerned.

The rules we agree to honor and live by have to take our differences into account and cannot mandate bell ringing or window closing upon all without regard for individual needs and interests. We have found ways of making exceptions regarding how things are to be done for Amish and Mennonite communities. It is not asking too much to think that we might do the same thing for people of different persuasions regarding how things are and what needs to be done about it. The greater the number of differences we can allow and still live together in caring, respectful, ways is the chief characteristic of a place I could call home.

via Loose Change from Jim Dollar: Home Is Where The Heart Is Welcome No Matter How Different It Might Be.

I first discovered Jim Dollar through his photographs of the mountains I have come to love. But the more I read of his blog, the more I find I would like to meet the man.

Go and meet him for yourself…Enjoy the visit.