A dark night and a flooding creek could have spelled disaster. But instead, there was a miracle. Rachel and Kathy are thankful for our adoptive parents, Don and Betty Ashford, and for whatever happened that helped them cross the creek.
If I ever had any doubts in the wisdom of learning to operate a cattle operation without all of the accepted-as-normal inputs, something I did some years ago dispelled them forever. We bought a bunch of old, thin cows to graze for the summer on our daughter Karen’s place. This place is a cutover (all […]
One day out of the blue my Daddy called with a very serious question: “Do you want to buy a hog?” “Do what?” “Do you want to buy a hog?” “What kind of hog?” “A big Duroc sow that’s gonna have pigs in a few days. I’m up here in Miss at Glenn Cotton’s place […]
When he was 95 years old Scott Nearing, who has been described as the great-granddaddy of the back-to-the land movement, was speaking to a group about homesteading and gardening. Of all that he said that day the most profound statement was this: “If you want to garden just do it.” Just think about this for […]
I wrote this piece in 2001 and in my opinion little has changed. When I got out of bed this morning it was pretty much as any other morning. After attending to all of the normal bathroom obligations, I put the coffee on and fed the cats and dogs. Then I walked to the mailbox […]