From the Fire back into the Pan

Hillsdale, Michigan. Three years ago or so when the missus and I moved to Michigan from Philadelphia, we wondered how we would manage. Not only is the state's economy at a crawl, but to go from a big east… [more]

From the Fire back into the Pan From the Fire back into the Pan

The Fence and the Total Ab Workout

Ingham County, MI In the back of two pick-up trucks lie an assortment of tools and gloves, eighty t-bar fence posts, and a handful of 5”-by-8’ cedar posts for the corners of this grassy four-acre… [more]

The Fence and the Total Ab Workout The Fence and the Total Ab Workout

Libertarianism, Paternalism, and Pot

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] From 2003 to 2005, we lived in Craighead County, Arkansas, while I taught at Arkansas State University. Craighead was a dry county, having voted many years ago to prohibit… [more]

Libertarianism, Paternalism, and Pot Libertarianism, Paternalism, and Pot
Hour Glass Wallpapers 1 Why try bringing back the hour of splendor in the grass?
Lancaster_Gate_tube This summer I moved to a new neighborhood that happens to be much nearer the freeway that divides my city. My  house is less than a mile from an on-ramp, though you wouldn’t guess it in this quiet and wooded…
life of the miss In “Life on the Mississippi,” Mark Twain recounts his earnest desire to become a Mississippi steamboat pilot, and his struggles to master the pilot’s craft—a craft that demanded technical knowledge of steamboat operation and detailed recall of the constantly changing…
malthus Anyone who’s had the good fortune to spend time reading Christopher Lasch might be able to identify with the specific experience of risable joy I feel when putting myself in his presence.  For me, the joy is found in a…
Gutter-K-style Ingham County, MI The guy at the hardware, the former owner now hired on, as per his arrangements, as nothing more than one of the guys, wants to know if the cops followed me into town. He was there when…
A_time_for_a_cup_of_coffee [or “Talking with Our Stuff,” or “Salvation by Coffee”] This spring I had to buy a new coffee mill. Facing the loss of both my electric coffee grinder and my antique hand-cranked mill, I debated about what to buy. The…
tilapia Ingham County, MI As darkness falls upon what a friend of mine charitably calls “Jack-Ass Acres,” and as the promise of rain comes with the moving clouds at the end of one of the few really warm days we’ve had…
rollin coal Thanks to a good friend, I’m now up to speed on the phenomenon of “Rollin Coal,” which one commentator describes as “a new trend in which anti-environmentalist idiots with nothing better to do modify their diesel engined trucks to burn…
city planning [This post is adapted with permission from “The Space Was Ours Before We Were the Place’s,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V.…
outside-play [Cross-posted to In Medias Res] The story has exploded all over the internet : Debra Harrell, a Georgia woman, dropped her 9-year-old child off at a park–not an isolated and run-down one, but a park with playgrounds, splash fountains, and…