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 the...
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...
The Full Measure of Success

The Full Measure of Success

Farmers, I have often mentioned, are long-term thinkers and planners, and they can even remember in detail each of the seasons they have worked through.  At no time is this more evident than when I ask them, “What constitutes success?” The Farmer’s...
Farmer Insights Hot Off the Press

Farmer Insights Hot Off the Press

Farmer Insights You Need I’ve often said that farmers are not “coulda, woulda, shoulda” kind of people. They would drive themselves nuts if they were, so they tell me. Their spouses tell a bit of a different story. It’s not the looking back...