Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dreaming in Reverse

This was an incredibly busy week indeed!  After working my weekend at the great Mammoth Cave, my Mom, Dad and Nephew came down for ouor three days off.  We had such a great time!  We went on several long hikes, talked a great deal about future plans, and ate a lot of good food.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Pleasant Interlude

I'm in the middle of a crazy busy week so I thought I'd just pass on a few songs and videos that seem to fit how I'm feeling and what I'm thinking about these days.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mindful Monday

I will serve the earth 
and not pretend my life could be better served.

Wendell Berry
The Morning's News

Saturday, March 23, 2013


On Friday we had a most pleasant visit from some students at Tennessee Tech.  Dr. Lachelle Norris leads a class on Sustainability in Appalachia and a major focus of the class is to build links between folks who are making use of sustainable skills in their lives and those who desire to learn such skills.  We feel very honored that they chose to make the 1.5 hour trek up to our place to spend an afternoon learning about what we are doing here.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's About Time

Spring is officially here and if you haven't started planting yet you might want to get started pretty quick.  You can do a nice job with tomatoes and such by seeding them indoors and once they come up putting them in a sunny window.  If you have something reflective to put behind them it's even better because then they won't photo-trope (lean out toward the sun) too much.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mindful Monday

Put your hands into the mire.
They will learn the kinship
of the shaped and the unshapen
the living and the dead.

Wendell Berry
Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mindful Monday

I bid you to a one man revolution
The only revolution that is coming.

 Robert Frost
"Building Soil "

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Another Petty Report

Are you all wondering whatever happened with the actinic keratosis on my upper lip?  If not you may not have read my earlier post "Let's Get Petty".  So go read that and then read this.

It took about a week or so for the scab from the first round of treatment to come off.  At that point the spot looked pretty normal, however I noticed there was a tiny hard spot under the skin.  I wasn't sure whether it was just scar tissue or whether it was a few cells that were missed by the treatment.  So decided to try a few more treatments.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Slow Down

I've been thinking a lot about slowing down lately, perhaps because my life is about to speed up again.  In one week I return to my life as a power ranger.  It will be fun leading people through the longest cave in the world once again, but guiding tours at Mammoth Cave is a real game changer for every day life here at the Tweedledee.  For example, bread

can't be baked on any old day that we choose, it has to be baked

the day before our work week starts.  And I need to remind myself of all of the quick and easy meals I cook on busy days so that the boys can make our supper on work days.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Mindful Monday

It's too bad we think we can't afford the most important thing in the world.

Farmer-Pete Johnson
(Speaking about locally grown organic food)
Bill McKibben's