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To fly or not to fly

Have you ever wanted to fly to work? Without a helicopter, without a plane, without whatever it is Joby is building? Occasionally, I find myself resenting some of the physical laws of the universe. Gravity is usually the prime offender, as well as time. Several days...

Outdoor Dining Has Been Shut

…and other crazy stories. The lockdown pandemic has manifested in different forms throughout the world. Here, in California, it exists in one of the more extreme versions. Many businesses, restaurants, schools, and churches are shuttered. Hotels are supposed to...

Rain Falls In Love

The mind is like a field, ready for rain, seed, the vagaries of weather and blithe neglect or careful cultivation. A wise man named Jack Handy once said that the rain is God crying because of bad little children. While I’m not sure about his theology, his poetry...

Rearrange Dirt

My life revolves around farming. It has to, of course, because I certainly don’t make a living from writing books or any other sort of creative pursuit. I live on a ranch, I work on ranches, I drive through and past ranches every day. I have mud all over my car,...

Emotional Support Ferret

My wife and I were recently having dinner at a restaurant up in the Bay Area when a woman came in with two emotional support dogs on leashes. I’m not all that conversant with dog breeds, so I’m not sure what sort of breed they were. They were both...

Feeding the Soul

Summer is at her height. In this part of California, that means the hills are baked and dried into a tawny gold. They look like lions sleeping in complete, twitch-free silence, disturbed only by the occasional earthquake. In the fields stretched out below, the salad...