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Four and twenty blackbirds…

Nope. No plans for blackbird pie. The feathers get stuck in your teeth and I’m no royal to demand such gourmet fare. However, blackbirds are a perennial perplexing pest of the most pestilent persistence on our farm. A pox on their house. Among other things, they...

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...