Category Archives: Writing


Patriotism does not belong to a political party. Veterans pay attention to where the country is going, engage in public discourse, and believe it is our responsibility to do so. Patriotism, concerns itself with ethics, law and devotion to the … Continue reading

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Getting Started

I was born in a hospital established in 1869 by the Sisters of Mercy on Marquette Street in Davenport, Iowa. Marquette was one of the first streets laid out by city founder Antoine Le Claire. I attended Kindergarten at Thomas … Continue reading

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Friday in Spring

Fridays in Spring I soil-block for a farmer. Yesterday I made 4,944 soil blocks which were planted in winter share. Leeks, broccoli and the like. It took four hours. While driving north on Highway One I nodded off for a … Continue reading

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In Fractions of an Inch

A couple of weeks ago our association held a community cleanup. We own a well, a wastewater treatment plant, two vacant lots, 25 acres of woods, roads, and sundry open spaces which require attention from time to time. Teams policed … Continue reading

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Foundation for Writing

When the Catholic Church built the new school, seventh and eighth graders were segregated from friends with whom we had been growing up. A group of us were mixed together in an advanced program for college bound students as a … Continue reading

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Green Washing and a Local Food System

Wind came up yesterday and would not relent. I planted onions and cilantro in the garden, transplanted some seedlings to larger pots, but that’s about it. The septic tank service arrived and pumped our solids tank while I trimmed the … Continue reading

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Back to the Garden

No food is more local than a kitchen garden. I’ve got to get moving on mine after a late spring. Everyone was in a good mood at the farms when I soil blocked Friday and Sunday. My farmer friends caught … Continue reading

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