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The Land of Storybooks

November 19, 2014
At evening when the lamp is lit, Around the fire my parents sit; They sit at home and talk and sing, And do not play at anything. Now, with my little gun, I crawl All in the dark along the…
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Oneself as Another in the Controlled Burn: A Dispatch

post-21012-Squirrel-flame-thrower-GIVE-ME-deNV November 12, 2014
Low flames and smoke and visions of the eschaton.
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A Little Home Cooking

November 11, 2014
Richmond, VA I do not think it outrageous, every now and then, to despair for the future of cooking in this country. Not all the time, no, for there are still encouraging signs that many people are willing to undertake…
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Redeeming Time at Dumb-Ass Acres

tree_stump October 28, 2014
What fate would befall an adulterous man bound to her by the bonds of holy matrimony is almost unthinkable.
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Nothing to Do With Jesus

SwearingenTexasFarmHouse103104EWhetstone October 1, 2014
Life can seem a bit like an unending family reunion.
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Of Lawyers and Strippers and Deadwood

decaying_wood September 2, 2014
Mostly they promise the truth about a rapture that isn’t in the cards.
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The Fence and the Total Ab Workout

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It’s a total ab workout I could hock and get rich off of.
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The Hourglass in the Grass

Hour Glass Wallpapers 1 August 13, 2014
Why try bringing back the hour of splendor in the grass?
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Something’s Fishy–But Not Very–At Dinnertime

tilapia July 23, 2014
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…
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Four Words to Change the World

jack pine tree July 9, 2014
Situate the preference where it is, not where it isn’t.
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Dispatches from the Barn Jester and Purveyor of Haufenmist

horse-manure-bruce-ritchie June 17, 2014
Be worthy of your place.
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“Your Secrets Aren’t Safe With You,” She Says

Cops-and-Donuts June 4, 2014
I don’t want to get banned for life from my own bed.
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Settlement (at Last) at Dumb-Ass Acres

morel May 14, 2014
It’s tough being a good Christian these days.
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Spandex, Hegel, and the Double Dumb-Ass Victory

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It's inscrutable.
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The Foal of an Ass, A Crown of Thorns, and 80 Linear Feet of Base Shoe

BASE-shoe April 15, 2014
I’m cheaper than I am smart.
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The New Briar Patch Puts All in Doubt

briarpatch April 8, 2014
You’d have to call this job rebarbative.
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