Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Burning Brush in the Carbon Cycle

Is burning brush good for the environment? As a gardener I burn brush on a garden plot a couple times a year, rotating the burns on each of seven plots over time. The idea is the mass of the brush … Continue reading

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50th Earth Day Coming Up

I looked in the recycling bin and there were only eight items in it. Thursday is our day to leave the bin at the end of our driveway and I’m going to wait until next week. It’s not that we’re … Continue reading

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Dinner with My Congressman – 2008 Style

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, this note came: Paul: Dave is interested in stopping by the Fish Fry at the Legion on Friday. Would you be interested and available to introduce him to a few folks that night? If you … Continue reading

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Going Home After Notre Dame

I’m going home. Yesterday’s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, on Île de la Cité in Paris, brought that feeling from the darkness. It is no longer my world. When I visited Notre Dame I didn’t take photos. I brought a … Continue reading

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Searching for Veronica Tessler

The worst kept secret in Johnson County is Veronica Tessler is running for the open seat in Iowa’s Second Congressional District in the June 2, 2020 Democratic Primary. Six distinct sources have told me as much… and there are public … Continue reading

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First Seedlings from the Greenhouse

Sunday I brought home the kale seedlings I planted March 10 from the farm. They are ready to go into the ground as soon as the soil is prepped, maybe this week. Five weeks from seed to seedling. In the … Continue reading

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Torches for Mayor Pete

After reading Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future I’m not sure South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg should be the 46th U.S. president. I learned something different from his book. My cohort, the baby … Continue reading

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