Farmers Put the Pedal to the Metal

Farmers Put the Pedal to the Metal

Farmers Put the Pedal to the Metal After some horrendous spring seasons, this year hopefully promises to be a turnaround for American farmers. Farmers Put the Pedal to the Metal with Spring Planting Crop planting progress shows that corn and soybean planting rates are...
Spring Is When Farmers Feel Most Alive!

Spring Is When Farmers Feel Most Alive!

Spring is for farmers! One thing I’ve noticed about farmers over the years is that there’s not too much judgement about things. They take life as it comes, knowing that the life, lifestyle, and finances of a farmer aren’t easy but that it’s a choice they’ve made. They...
Take a chance on me!

Take a chance on me!

Take a chance on me! No, I’m not talking about the Abba song, as great as it was. I mean, seriously, can you even say that phrase without the tune starting to play in your head? Try it. See? Told you! I’m actually talking about what I have found to be...
There’s No Practice in Farming

There’s No Practice in Farming

Major League Baseball Spring Training is about to start. Back in the day, I used to pay close attention to such things. New drafts, old veterans, wannabes, has-beens, and at-the-top-of-their-game players fly to Florida or Arizona for training camp, and they practice...
The Simple Joys of Christmas

The Simple Joys of Christmas

As you may know, I moved from the metro area of Minneapolis to a small town in East Texas a few months ago.  And I researched the town quite a bit, consciously and unconsciously, as we do most things. Now that I have been here for a few months, I’m delighted...
I Have a Very Particular Set of Skills

I Have a Very Particular Set of Skills

So, we’re in year seven of a two-year agricultural downturn. (This is my private joke from an old H&G series called Weekend Warriors, where homeowners would embark on projects with a projected time frame of four days. It would show them on day 6, day...
Everybody Is Essential and Everything Matters

Everybody Is Essential and Everything Matters

Everybody is essential and everything matters. Once in a while, perceptions of power change. Usually through some catastrophe that no one saw coming. Remember 9-11? The victims of the World Trade Center tragedy were grateful when the police and firefighters arrived....
Be Kind

Be Kind

My office is three blocks from the street that burned in Minneapolis this month. As I drive in to work, there are the remains of an auto parts store and a Family Dollar, burned to the ground. There are blocks of boarded-up store fronts with...