Sunday, February 22, 2015

About time

America’s dietary guidelines have long been based on weak science.

Monday, February 16, 2015


Winter on a diversified livestock farm is really its own occupation.  This is the time when the animals you decided to work with become your dependents and you must put in the extra time and especially effort that it takes to get them through each night and each weather system that blows through from two days of strong north winds and falling temperatures to several days of strong south winds and slowly, very slowly rising temperatures.  And then a week later, here it comes again.  Bedding is a constant for the hogs, the cattle begin to use feed as fuel and each day a different door must be closed, or partly opened for ventilation, hay must be placed south or north of the windbreak and the tractor must start to push the snow, carry the hay or bedding.

From this perspective spring is retirement and we really look forward to it!


Sunday, February 15, 2015


The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting-Milan Kundera


Good judgment comes from experience.  Experience comes from bad judgment. 

Friday, February 13, 2015


I notice our new representative Tim Miller signed on enthusiastically with the local school district (MACCRAY) in its battle with Governor Mark Dayton over Dayton's desire to see it return to a five day week.  Local control is always best, said the representative.  I agree, mostly, even to the extent of supporting local control for schools which operate mostly by spending state money.  But it would be difficult, if not impossible for one who believes in local control for schools to speak against it when it comes to counties and townships who merely desire the same authority to zone and regulate that every municipality in the state assumes it already has.  Such an effort is gaining steam at the legislature this year.  Big Ag, as usual, wants no government interference with anything except when it benefits their attempts to roll over what others want. 

We will see how Miller votes.  There are a few of us yet that have not succumbed to the national state of political Alzheimers;  that think and notice and remember well enough to require a certain basic consistency in our representation.  We will no doubt be revisiting this issue here in a few weeks.