Last Thursday, before it rained, Jeremy was planting soybeans up at his folks’ place. I’ve been taking this photo (and mostly adding this quote to it in some way) off and on since 2014. It’s one of those things that the timing has to be just so to get it to happen. “No husbandman wouldContinue reading “Husbandman, the series.”
Author Archives: This Prairie Life.
Attempting to stand on the horizon feels like chasing after the end of the rainbow; I can see it but I can’t quite get there because of the unicorns. Living on one of the highest points in southern Buffalo County, I can see for miles in three out of the four directions. A row ofContinue reading “The horizon.”
Just gonna try it and see.
I signed up for this domain in August and bought it in January. Now it is May. Rick is already on board to write here, and I plan to add the things Tara writes as well — somehow I’ve got to simply get over my hesitations and get going. This Prairie Life — the logoContinue reading “Just gonna try it and see.”
A chickified house.
“Good Bones” S2E1, in which Mina and Karen buy a duplex for $4000, spend $180,000 turning it into a single-family home (but they should have torn it down and started over, imo; but what do I know, really), and sell it to a single guy for $259,000; and in which Tad not only knocks aContinue reading “A chickified house.”
On a serious note.
Speculation and anger are rampant regarding the idea of the 30×30 conservation proposal. There are very few facts available. Governors, who rightly ought to be in the know, are asking the same questions that run-of-the-mill citizens are asking. At our house, we spectate decisions made by agencies (mainly federal decisions made abstractly, not local agenciesContinue reading “On a serious note.”
Just don’t denigrate it.
First, if I wash up the snow clothes and stow them, am I going to regret making the effort? Second, if you know my oldest kid, you know exactly me at that age. I hope you get the public me/him and not the at-home me/him. I feel compelled to apologize to anyone who knew meContinue reading “Just don’t denigrate it.”
School health ed.
The Nebraska Department of Education issued a draft of new state health education standards. Our school encouraged us to respond. I responded. Here is the letter I sent to members of the state Board of Education as well as submitted as an official comment. Hello — I’m writing to comment on the proposed standards forContinue reading “School health ed.”
“American Harvest” and other reading.
For our farm family with school children and cows, winter holds few respites from being busy, but when they happen, we do know how to handle it. We read. Some of us prefer World War II — fiction for one, personal histories for another. We’ve got one who’s into stereotypical Westerns and another who’s deepContinue reading ““American Harvest” and other reading.”
Don’t doom scroll.
I used to be a copy editor at a newspaper, and for years, there were a few days every week when I created the front page of a newspaper seen by thousands of people. My professional life quite literally revolved around local, state, national and world news. I was a news person. When politics andContinue reading “Don’t doom scroll.”
Always with the risk.
Risk tolerance fascinates me. Here’s an example: The flash of time it takes to pull on a seat belt — or the minute and a half buckling in a preschooler — could save a life in case of a wreck. Statistics bear this out. Yet while the risk-to-reward ratio seems to me to make theContinue reading “Always with the risk.”