From Hunter-Gather to Consultant: Children Evolve

I’ve noticed something startling about children due to being around my three little in-house barbarian sons. Their initial goals in terms of gainful employment revolve around traditionally manly jobs such as firefighters, policemen, astronauts, assassins, etc....

Odd Jobs, Barbed Wire and Noodle Soup

I once wrote a story about the oddest job I’ve ever held. At least, I think it was the oddest job. I’ve had some peculiar ones over the years, such as working in a shoe factory in Israel, house demolition in Hawaii, house-building in the Amazon, producing...

Picking Strawberries…

Here’s a recent photo from our farm. Yeah, those strawberries are sweet, but it’s hard work. You don’t see any white people doing this kind of job here in California. Actually, I think there was one on a berry crew last summer I heard about. When I...

The story of apple pie, or the apple pie of stories

A good apple pie isn’t that much different than a good story. Both of them require a baker of sorts. Both of them rearrange pre-existing items into a mixture. The pie and the story are then eaten and, hopefully, appreciated. Both of them provide sustenance. We bake a...