10 thoughts for the Upcoming Year: 2017

  1. “People who have been landless know that the land is invaluable; it is worth everything.” – Wendell Berry, The Essential Agrarian Reader, pg. 29
  2. How can you stay in the house all day and not go anywhere?
  3. Tax policy: “Limiting the pro-life agenda to the issue of whether abortion should be legal or illegal is the most hypocritical example of a low-sacrifice issue masquerading as faith-based justice. Regardless of your view of the legal issue, you cannot claim to be truly pro-life unless you are also willing to fight for the high sacrifice of Judeo-Christian guided tax policy.” – Susan Pace Hamill, professor of law at the University of Alabama
  4. A question: how to get mad without feeling hopeless; how to be hopeful  without being useless?
  5. Land use: “As agrarians, we are advocating both that rural land remain open and working, and that people move back to these places… That is, people moving to rural communities should be buying a small property to call their own, but also a share in the much larger surrounding countryside.  How can we accomplish such a transformation of landowning aspirations?” – Brian Donahue, The Essential Agrarian Reader, pg. 46
  6. 2016 I decided to create specific, reasonable, and visionary desires.
  7. 2014 I decided that life is the pursuit of art service sex education children adventure love and family.
  8. “We don’t just choose the things we like; we also like the things we choose.” – Alex Korb, neuroscience researcher
  9. Unqualified affirmation: “Bugbee argues that “the measure of our understanding of reality lies in our capacity for the responsible realization of unqualified affirmation.” Unqualified affirmation presupposes that we allow the world of things and bodies to become fully present to us, to let their demands be felt by us, and that we not distort or block – whether through fear, laziness, or arrogance – the stream of reality that continually surrounds us.”  Norman Wirzba, quoting Henry Bugbee, The Essential Agrarian Reader, pg. 89
  10. Sometimes focusing is the act of starting over again each time you get interrupted.  It’s easier for some to do than others, but it is possible.




Poems from New York (Joralemon St.), #18

the case for osmosis

this is how

we/ they used to write:

an idea would come to


you research

expand idea









This is valid.

So is mess.

A brain rejoices in an opportunity to be challenged; to exercise

The case for osmosis 

is a phrase that comes to me


flipping through


fingering images

absorbing ideas without reading

being childlike

as an adult

the case for osmosis is both a


and the beginning of a poem

yet to be researched


Poems from New York (on break), #17


little house mtn

all the high school peeps

a hint of love

dads and moms

old memories

home home






helping people



a grass wreath

3 little boys two actually little



see how they run

see how they live

can we go doe hunting in your yard?

of course, and of course not


salmon potato soup

the grocery store

the post office

a tenderness

a wildness



more rabbits

a squirrel

frogs that overwinter by freezing themselves

death, the dying


is dying.

a spruce tree

she went to China. they went to China



Boxing day


fried chicken

Green Egg

curvy roads

train rise

curry leaves


Poems from New York, #13

we say to ourselves

remember this

and yet we rarely do

where it counts

where real courage is needed

‘ain’t ready to quit’ JA sings

we aren’t ready until we are

I’m interested in it until I’m not, Bill T says

We’re inside until we’re out

we’re inside until we’re not


the next time I want ice cream

I’ll probably eat it

even though later

it makes me feel sick


anything else would require real change

and I haven’t changed yet