Bar Jester Five-O

heartfire November 20, 2013

What does a man do at the half-century mark? What he damn-well pleases.

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Luck’s a Chance, But Trouble’s Sure Redux

earth-day-urban-farming-chicago_51626_600x450 October 2, 2013

I have bad news.

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History as Parable

Fur_traders_in_canada_1777 September 18, 2013

History is never merely history.

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How to Write History and Practice Bourbon Politics

Carson April 17, 2013

But as a gesture of good faith he agreed to limit himself to a quart a day.

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The Barn Jester Steps In It

cow pies April 9, 2013

Those who think “nostalgia” is a bad word marking a bad sentiment can pucker my yonder socket.

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Where Will You Die?

stone January 6, 2013

Hidden Spring Lane. “I plan on dying here.” The words came quite unbidden and surprised me. We were in the process of building a house on a few acres in northern Virginia. The builder and I were discussing some detail…

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Memory and the Damming State

shoreline November 12, 2012

The family’s life in this village had come to an end when the lake was dammed in 1958. One wonders who would consider such things worth it.

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The Lamb Shank Redemption

194465 June 27, 2012

Behold! A lamb of God, which taketh away the hunger of the day.

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Chicken Erotica and the Venus Transit: Who Loses?

300px-Venus_transit_2012_Minneapolis_TLR1 June 5, 2012

No one. But that awaits demonstration.

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Getting the Garden Going, One Baby-Step at a Time

friendsgarden May 8, 2012

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
This academic year Friends University found itself wondering what to do with a plot of land, directly beside and behind some student dormitories. Through a fortuitous combination of variables (the discovery of some left-over money…

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On Being a Worthy Heir of the Agrarian Contrarians

666 May 2, 2012

But, as Shakespeare wrote, we sometimes “by indirections find directions out.”

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Devolution, Triviality, and Vocation

industrialism April 17, 2012

The God of nature is merely an amiable expression.

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Luck’s a Chance, But Trouble’s Sure

jed_clampett April 3, 2012

We’re still exercising our certain unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of hypermobility.

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To Warm the Frozen Swamp

IMG_5726 March 13, 2012

The hoary wood, its bark curled, practices resurrection.

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The Food Broker

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Big-city economic development from the pasture up.

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Occupy Food! (And Other Simple Things)

leroy2 December 23, 2011

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
As Christmas and the end of 2011 approaches, I find myself thinking gratefully about what Leroy Hershberger has enabled my students and me to learn this year, and what that learning has meant to me.…

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