- A Tale of Two FarmsPosted on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 in farming – Comments: (9)Our agricultural endeavors seem to be veering along two separate and distinct paths. With two radically different outcomes. Perhaps the difference is that one is being run along the lines of a corporation i.e. good and knowledgeable professionals are brought in when needed. The other farm is run by a rank amateur desperately trying to learn “on the job”. Who would that incompetent be?
- Hillbillies, Melungeons and SalamandersPosted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 in learnin’ – Comments: (8)Lately I’m fascinated with Appalachia. I’m supposed to be planning this trip, but somehow my planning keeps circling around Appalachia. Maybe it’s because, even with all the time I’ve spent on the East Coast, Appalachia is one of the few areas of the US I’ve never visited. Never even sped through it on my way somewhere else. Turns out The Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited national park in America. We’ve scheduled two days there.
- I Loves You Porgy!Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (7)
If you want to know what’s going on in San Francisco — at least as far as museums, opera, ballet or cultural events — look to the lamp posts. Oh, we’ve got listings in the Pink Section of the Chronicle and in our two free papers, The Guardian and the SF Weekly.
Posted on Monday, May 25th, 2009 in farming – Comments: (11)
As we’re going to be driving across Oklahoma, I thought I’d reacquaint myself with the Dust Bowl. But there’s no way I could face reading The Grapes of Wrath again. Don’t get me wrong, I think Steinbeck’s book is perhaps one of the contenders for The Great American Novel. Everyone should read it once. But once might be about all you can take.
Posted on Sunday, May 24th, 2009 in blogging – Comments: (8)
I learned an interesting fact the other day from visiting one of my favorite bloggers, Carson at The 7MSN Ranch. Actually, I always learn interesting facts from Carson, especially as she’s about 15 years ahead of me in this City to Ranch transition. Unlike my Dubya Style Ranching (defined as a having the trappings of a ranch except no livestock but terriers), Carson has a real ranch in, as she describes it, Seven Miles South of Nowhere, New Mexico.
- I Loves You Porgy!
- Send Lawyers, Guns and Money!Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2009 in guns – Comments: (7)It started with this article from CNN.com about a shortage of ammo as gun owners stockpile in the fear that Obama will ban guns or tax their ammo. Turns out President Obama has no public plans to do either (and probably has a lot of things on his To Do List before he gets to the issue of guns.) But it got me thinking: what if there were a fundamental shift in American policy and suddenly it wasn’t as easy as going to a gun show and flashing some ID to get a gun.
- Silencing the Voices in My HeadPosted on Thursday, May 21st, 2009 in blogging – Comments: (10)If there is one thing I feel comfortable boasting about (and I don’t usually feel comfortable boasting), it’s that I have an incredible memory. I seem to be able to dredge up a never-ending stream of facts and bits of information that I’ve read about, heard or just bumped into over the years. Unfortunately, the only advantage this has given me in life is to make me a fearsome competitor at Trivial Pursuit and Pub Quizzes.
- So Dooce Remodeled Her Bathroom. What Am I, Chopped Liver?Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2009 in blogging – Comments: (18)So recently the Super A-List Blogger of All Time remodeled her bathroom and blogged about it. Usually I’m not a fan. Without kids, I have limited interest in mommy bloggers. Especially a mommy blogger who earns a six figure income from blogging, has a house husband available 24/7 to help with all things, one kid in pre-school half the day, but still keeps throwing up posts about how she’s just barely holding on by a thread.
- The Ne Plus Unti in Dry Creek ValleyPosted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 in artisans – Comments: (7)We’ve always had different criteria for wine tasting forays than your average bear. While most people coming to Sonoma and Napa gravitate to the large facilities with art and sculpture gardens, delis and gift shops, we’ve always sought out the little guys. It was much easier 20 years ago when we first arrived. Back then, I can remember traveling down an unmarked dirt road, standing around hopefully by a barn or shed until a farmer (who would turn out to be the owner) drove up on a tractor, jumped off and asked, “Do you want a tasting?
- Where Were You in ’62? Or ’72?Posted on Sunday, May 17th, 2009 in British husband – Comments: (8)Yesterday was the annual American Graffiti Days Salute in Petaluma, the town where the movie was filmed. Of course, my husband, Andy, and good friend, Rob, being the classic car nuts that they are, demand we attend every year. I didn’t end up taking as many pictures as I did last year. But granted last year, as the 35th anniversary of the film, was a banner year for the event, with many more cars and events and even Cruisin’ God John Milner (Paul LeMat) showing up to sign autographs.
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