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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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A Quaker for Peace

July 18, 2014
From The American Conservative, my remembrance of Robert D. Stuart Jr., whose family knew oatmeal.…
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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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Too Much Magic, Part Two

Shell-Now-Interested-in-CO2-Driven-Enhanced-Oil-Recovery-440378-2 June 11, 2014
Face the future with hope.
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Trying to Be Like Them

May 28, 2014
“It is for you to try to be like them.” Pericles’ Funeral Oration I have to admit a problem that I’ve had with Memorial Day. I’ve often let my thoughts move too easily to the fact that some fallen warriors…
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Give Me the Local Color

04_14_52_web April 22, 2014
He shows me a map of New York and points to his home town.
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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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Let the Liberal Arts Die

April 15, 2014
Everything we are as persons can be expressed in terms of production and commodification.
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The Gift of Spring

April 2, 2014
“Nor would the stress Of life be bearable for tender things Did not so long a respite come between The cold and heat, and heaven’s indulgence grant This comfort to the world.” Virgil, Georgics II I must be a tender…
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Recovering Bliss From the Conditions of Disaster

car10 April 1, 2014
AM radio shouts at me, first the nut-jobs on the right, then the nut-jobs on the left.
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What is Wrong With the Front Porch?

front-porch-attitude March 25, 2014
Let's be honest: the posts are terrible.
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Localist Roundup: American Exceptionalism

February 4, 2014
According to this piece, online grocery shopping is on the up and up. Meanwhile, this article describes something similar happening with book subscriptions. This article tries to delineate boundaries between what sorts of things people should do, and what sorts…
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What Happened with the Prick Realtor

sold-sign January 29, 2014
The indignities mount.
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And What Happened After the Codeine Kicked In

moving-truck January 15, 2014
I’m in one of those ridiculous backless hospital gowns.
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Localist Roundup: Polar Vortex

January 7, 2014
As I write this, it’s cold. On the political front, this piece tells that the Senate recently propelled a unemployment benefit extension past a key procedural vote. Meanwhile, The Weekly Standard yearns for patriotism. On an unrelated note, this piece…
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