Travel Blogger Visits 100th Country in 16 Years’ Non-stop Travel

Kiev, Ukraine (PRWEB) November 09, 2014

While the world watches the Ukraine crisis from afar, world-renowned travel blogger Andy Lee Graham is relaxing in Kiev, savoring his singular achievement visiting 100 countries in more than 16 years of perpetual world travel.

Ukraine is actually my 105th country 104th if you count Transnistria as a rogue country, said Graham. Number 100 was Greece, which I visited at the beginning of October.

I would have stayed in Athens a while longer, but I wanted to make my way over to Ukraine and get a man-in-the-street feel for whats going on here, said Graham. Rather than fly direct, though, I stopped in Malta, Romania, Moldova and Transnistria along the way.

Another of Grahams claims to fame is visiting countries that tourists and other travelers avoid. He actually prefers so-called developing countries and locations where significant world events are taking shape. He was in Iraq in Aug. 2003 after heavy fighting had ended; Thailand during the 2004 tsunami; and Ivory Coast when its civil war heated up in Feb. 2011.

Hes been to places that are so far off the tourist trail that the beaten path is a days bus ride away, wrote travel writer Tim Leffel in his foreword to Grahams recent book, The Rules of Travel (Real Travelers Press, 2014). He has supported himself for more than a decade on the road, writing about his experiences on multiple continents.

Graham, who has been traveling non-stop since 1998, has traveled to more places and continually traveled longer than any human alive today.

Ive had a challenge out there for years for someone to step forward whos been continuously traveling longer than I have, said Graham. By continuously, I mean you cant have stopped for longer than three months in a row at any one place. So far, no one in the hardcore traveler community has stepped forward. Travel writers arent even on the list.

The founder and chief blogger of HoboTraveler.com, Graham has documented his travels with more than 8,000 blog posts and has posted about 30,000 photos and 2,000 videos since founding the site about 15 years ago.

Whats unique about Andy is that, unlike most other travel writers, he only writes about places hes actually visited actually lived in, really, said Alan Oak, editor at Real Travelers Press. He gets to know local people and almost exclusively patronizes local hotels, restaurants and services. He isnt just sitting all comfy in U.S., rehashing the same old garbage about high-priced tourist traps.

Eager to share his passion for travel and the hard lessons hes learned, Graham provides consultation services for prospective travelers. Hes also condensed his experience into a series of simple rules in his book, The Rules of Travel rules for everything from finding a doctor abroad and getting the best hotel room to avoiding street attacks. He also is the host of The Ask Andy Show on the HoboTraveler YouTube channel, in which he answers audience questions about everything travel-related.

It can be a dangerous world out there for the ignorant, said Graham. But if you follow the rules, it doesnt have to be, and you can travel nearly anywhere. If theres one thing Ive learned traveling to every inhabited continent and circling the world 20 times, its that people are just people everywhere.

Graham doesnt plan to end his travel lifestyle anytime soon. After Ukraine, he will visit Georgia, Albania, Turkey and Portugals Azores islands. Afterward, hell make a quick trip to visit family for Christmas in Indiana, USA, and then onward to Guatemala in January, where he is guiding his 81-year-old mother on her first trip abroad.

Hitting my 100th country was a big milestone, especially since I spend 1-2 months in each country, said Graham. But I dont want to stop now. I guess you could call me a travel addict. Besides, there are about 150 countries I havent met yet!







Outside GC Welcomes New Members to D.C. Area Legal Team

Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

Continuing to expand its team of experienced, on-demand, in-house counsel attorneys, Outside GC today announced the addition of Jordan Karp and Cynthia Pevehouse as members of the firms D.C. Metro area group, further strengthening the firms offerings in the bio-tech, life science, information technology and new media markets.

Jordan Karp comes to Outside GC with over 20 years of in-house legal experience, having last served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at PharmAthene, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. His extensive experience advising bio-tech companies on a wide-range of strategic and operational matters will be valued by Outside GCs growing list of bio-tech and life sciences clients. Jordans expansive bio-tech background will allow us to offer our unique outsourced GC model to the considerable bio-tech and pharma industries developing in the greater D.C and Baltimore areas, explained Jon Levitt, managing member of Outside GC. Jordan also brings a deep background in both retail energy and information technology from his previous roles as general counsel with both public and private companies in those respective industries, Levitt further observed.

Cynthia Pevehouse brings over 25 years of legal and compliance experience to Outside GC. In her roles as general counsel and chief compliance officer for several multi-national companies, Cynthia oversaw a diverse array of legal matters, with a proven track record for providing high-level strategic advice. Her ability to think strategically and globally will enable to Cynthia to continue providing executive level leadership on behalf of Outside GCs clients.

Jordan and Cynthia are both powerhouses in their respective legal fields, and the high-level of expertise they bring to the team will allow Outside GC to continue to position itself as a leader in delivering legal and business solutions to companies in the D.C. market, Levitt explained.

Levitt added, Building a team of dynamic and talented attorneys has allowed Outside GC to quickly develop a significant presence in the greater D.C marketplace, with extremely favorable results. Jordan and Cynthia are perfect examples of this competitive advantage, and it is worth noting that both of them chose Outside GC at the pinnacle of their careers in large part because our firms culture is grounded in a respectful balance between professional and personal pursuits. Jordan Karp agreed, Outside GCs flexible model allows me to work with a team of like-minded colleagues on highly sophisticated legal matters, while at the same time supporting the entire legal team’s pursuit of other important civic, charitable and personal activities.

About Outside GC LLC

Outside GC provides senior in-house legal counsel on an on-demand basis to emerging and large companies alike, at highly competitive rates. With clients in the US and Europe across a broad range of industries, the companys offerings include negotiating and drafting customer, vendor and distribution agreements; debt and equity financing transactions; employee matters; immigration services; pre-litigation dispute resolution; intellectual property protection, and mergers and acquisitions. Together with its sister company, Patent GC LLC, which provides on-demand patent and trademark legal services, the firm has over 45 senior business attorneys in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Washington D.C, and Colorado. For more information, please visit http://www.outsidegc.com, http://www.linkedin.com/company/outside-gc-llc, or call (617) 737-5000.







San Francisco Travel launches new http://www.sanfrancisco.travel


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 03, 2014

The San Francisco Travel Association has re-launched their website, http://www.sanfrancisco.travel, after a complete redesign that provides a wealth of information and inspiration for visitors, meeting planners, travel professionals, media and San Francisco Travel partners, all in a format that is intuitive, objective and deeply curated.

The bold new design grabs the visitor the moment they arrive on the site with large, dramatic photos and streamlined navigation that allows them to easily explore, plan and search for their exact needs and interests, said San Francisco Travel President and CEO Joe DAlessandro. The new site provides tools to help visitors at every stage of their planning process, from dreaming to arriving.

As the official marketing organization for the destination, we have a tremendous amount of information. The new site makes it easy for us to share it, DAlessandro added. We want the site to be as clear and objective as possible. For example, for our partner businesses that have been reviewed on Trip Advisor, we include those reviews review on their partner pages.

The website uses a responsive design to adapt to any screen size, from laptop to tablet to smartphone. No matter the size of the screen, the user has access to the complete website and its functions with scrolling and swiping functionality.

San Francisco tapped some of the leading technology innovators to provide the best possible user experience and a wide variety of tools and functions.

The site was designed by the San Francisco team of Code and Theory which has created websites for NBCUniversal, Vanity Fair and Calvin Klein and is currently developing a new site for Visit California.

Two types of map technology are utilized to help with orientation and navigation. Mapbox provides functionality on the Explore pages, allowing visitors to see places nearby their selected hotel, restaurant, shop or activity. Google Maps are used in other parts of the site to provide directions, alternate routes and real time traffic.

Content is refreshed regularly and San Francisco Travel partners with local experts and influencers to develop compelling and informative stories and information for visitors. Arts and culture content is curated and provided by SFArts.org and other contributors include The Bold Italic, Gay Cities, Pamela Busch and the tablehopper. Special event listings are curated by SpinGo, a new events platform with an office based in San Francisco. Weather reports and forecasts are by Yahoo.

Through a partnership with Booking.com, the world leader in booking accommodations online, lodging reservations can be made from the home page and throughout the site and San Francisco hotel deals are easy to find. Attractions and event tickets can be booked on the site through ARES. Experiencing San Franciscos famed restaurants is made simple with reservations provided by Open Table.

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With some 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generates in excess of $ 9.38 billion annually for the local economy and supports more than 76,800 jobs.

The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at One Front St., Suite 2900, San Francisco, CA 94111.

San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 34 international cities on 29 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 78 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. SFO is proud to offer upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit http://www.flysfo.com. Follow us on http://www.twitter.com/flysfo and http://www.facebook.com/flysfo.

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Athens Services Opens State-of-the-Art Mixed-Waste Materials Recovery Facility


Sun Valley, California (PRWEB) October 16, 2014

City of Industry, Calif.-based Athens Services announces the opening of a new 80,000-square-foot Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Sun Valley that is designed to process more than 330,000 tons of mixed-waste per year.

Construction of the facility began in October 2013 and the facility began accepting materials this week.

The Sun Valley MRF represents a $ 50 million investment by Athens and features state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced optical sorting and diversion technologies, which allows the company to divert as much material as possible from area landfills. The facility, which will accept 1,500 tons of waste per day, was designed to meet Silver LEED

Resort Travel & Xchange Supports Advancement Of Young Professionals


Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX), a leader in the timeshare and vacation ownership exchange industry with approximately 80,000 members, has helped launch a new chapter of American Resort Development Associations (ARDA) Timeshare Industry Young Professionals (TIYP) in the Smoky Mountains region. The first event took place in Asheville, North Carolina, on July 31, 2014, which will be the chapters new home-base.

A pioneer in the timeshare and vacation ownership exchange industry, RTX is owned and operated by a team consisting primarily of young professionals, and provides its members with a large selection of exchange options worldwide. RTX is an extraordinary driving force behind the newest chapter of TIYP, as it supports the growth of future business leaders for the timeshare industry.

TIYP is a group of young industry professionals working for ARDA member companies who are 35 years old and younger. This new group was created to provide opportunities to grow careers professionally and personally through education, experience, and networking. Attending local TIYP chapter events is a great way to branch out and meet the next generation of innovators.

Over 20 people from three different companies attended the first event, representing a wide variety of people with different levels of experienceranging from call center representatives to directors, managers, and vice presidents.

The brief presentation given by RTX was very well received. The company spoke about the opportunities ARDA provides for employees through educational advancement and professional development opportunities. After the presentation, there was ample time for networking which helps build relationships that, in the future, may help to grow several careers. Networking with peers also drives the present growth of these young professionals who want to gain more knowledge, experience and skills.

We are happy to help coordinate ARDAs TIYP events for our area, said Corina Violette, Director of Resort Partnerships for RTX. With such a young and enthusiastic employee base here, these individuals can learn about the educational resources available to them through ARDA while networking with peers in the industry. This not only helps their own careers but also strengthens the companies they work for and the industry overall.

Following the success of the first event, the chapter intends to expand by gaining more members within a three hour radius outside of Asheville, NC. There are also plans to invite high power speakers with executive leadership positions who started in lower level positions to share stories of their career advancement at future events. The chapter ultimately hopes these events will turn into full conferences in the future.

For information on how to join the TIYP Smoky Mountains, Asheville region chapter contact Corina Violette at cviolette(at)rtx(dot)travel.

About RTX

Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) is a timeshare and vacation ownership exchange company based in Asheville, N.C. RTX works with a number of resorts and developers throughout the world to provide the best exchange options possible to its members. In addition to exchange services, RTX offers a number of travel benefits to members such as trip protection, rebates, travel discounts and more. RTX has approximately 80,000 members.

About the American Resort Development Association (ARDA)

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit http://www.arda.org or ARDAs consumer website at http://www.VacationBetter.org.







Digital Entertainment Startups Showcased in Hub Magazine


Atlanta, Georgia. (PRWEB) October 02, 2014

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), one of the nations largest state trade organizations dedicated to technology and innovation, recently showcased eight new technology startup companies in the latest issue of Hub Magazine.

The startups appeared in the magazines Georgia Upstarts section, which is a regular feature that profiles companies with intriguing technology products/solutions in the marketplace or that are ready to be released within the next 5-6 months.

Georgia is the 3rd most profitable in the nation when it comes to the entertainment industry, behind California and New York; respectively. The current issue of Hub Magazine features Peach State startups that are driving innovation in the Digital Media and Entertainment sector:

Sea Side Reservations Announces Growing Demand For Puerto Vallarta Furnished Vacation Rentals

(PRWEB) October 17, 2014

Sea Side Reservations, an impressive Mexican beachfront vacation rental property management company that consistently exceeds the expectations of clients announces growing demand for Puerto Vallarta furnished vacation rentals. Historically considered to be one of the most sought after coastal Mexico vacation destinations, Puerto Vallarta offers the beauty, peacefulness and elegance that is so indicative of coastal Mexico. As one of Mexicos most popular resort destinations for travelers from around the world, Puerto Vallarta provides year-round ideal climate and a multitude of activities for travelers that enjoy the unique pleasures of coastal Mexico.

With nearly 2 million visitors each year to Puerto Vallarta, the area only continues to grow in popularity as more and more people discover this unique and inviting part of Mexico. Furnished vacation rentals that allow travelers to enjoy the comforts of home while away can make a visit to Puerto Vallarta even more enjoyable and relaxing. With a thrilling nightlife and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, Puerto Vallarta is a destination that must be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. Sea Side Reservations offers luxurious beachfront homes and condos that can turn the average Mexican vacation into a genuine resort experience. Those traveling both domestically and internationally can book with confidence when they turn to this industry leader in coastal Mexico furnished vacation rentals. Impeccable lodging services for visitors to Mexico from everywhere in the world is easy to achieve when working with Sea Side Reservations.

Sea Side Reservations is rated by the Better Business Bureau and has the top honors of an A+ designation. From vacation rental homes to vacation condos and resorts as well as a host of other types of lodging, Sea Side Reservations helps travelers to enjoy the most rewarding experience possible when visiting coastal Mexico. Professionally managed furnished vacation rentals throughout coastal Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta, are always just a phone call away when travelers choose to contact this industry leader. In addition, as the demand for affordable luxury throughout coastal Mexico only continues to increase, companies like Sea Side Reservations will likely only continue to become more valuable to travelers. As an established and legitimate company that is highly ethical, the company can give both domestic and international travelers far greater flexibility when it comes to affordable luxury in Mexico lodging.

In terms of the best in Mexican beachfront vacation rental properties, Sea Side Reservations has consistently been ranked number one throughout Mexico for owners and guests for overall levels of satisfaction. With responsive on-site property management and the assurance that a trip will be safe, secure and stress-free, more people than ever before are turning to Sea Side Reservations for the very best in coastal Mexico furnished vacation rental options. The company is proud of its impressive online reservation interface as well as its extensive call center for those wishing to make a reservation via telephone. Most importantly, Sea Side Reservations offers the exact room as reserved when guests arrive. This recent announcement with regard to a growing demand for Puerto Vallarta lodging is one more clue that Sea Side Reservations will continue to exceed travelers expectations in the coming years.

Sea Side Reservations is a leader in luxurious beachfront homes and condos located in highly desirable destinations throughout resort areas in Mexico. Specializing in Mexico holiday villas that offer affordable luxury to travelers from across the country and throughout the world, Sea Side Reservations is regarded as an expert when it comes to outstanding vacation home rentals. Providing exceptional assistance and guidance for travelers wishing to experience beautiful vacation spots such as Rocky Point, Mexico and San Carlos, Cancun, as well as other spectacular Mexico resort areas, Sea Side Reservations is known for providing vacation planning that is beyond compare. Sea Side Reservations consistently exceeds clients expectations with regard to Mexico vacation rentals and reservations.







Friday, March 12, 2010

Last Athens Farmers Market 2009

I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn.--William Henry Hudson

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Thanks to all the members and patrons of the Athens Farmers Market in Athens, Georgia for a tremendous year. The 2010 season, no doubt, will be twice as good.

See you soon.

P.S. New content will be intermittent here, as Farmer South is now live.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Ode to Summer: We're Waiting

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Please. I'm ready for this to be done.
Oh baby, it's been a long, long time since that evening sun's come round....

You know the one I'm talking about, that later-day summer sun in the South, when the cicadas are out, yet the temperature is almost perfect. You hop in the truck to go for a ride, waving your hand out the window, riding it on the waves of air. The world smells like a stream. The sun goes down, and you walk through its afterglow, the shimmery gloaming celebrated in lightning bugs.

Lord, the warm weather can't some soon enough. I can see the table set with my mother's Pfaltzgraff tableware--cool blue Yorktowne pattern to be specific. There it is, regimented in sparkling flatware, in angles of forks and knifes burning with potential energy (more about silverware at Silverware Wikipedia, in case anyone doubted its incendiary capability).

Now the dinner plates crisscross around its length: cornbread and biscuits. Thick gray gravy, milk and sausage grease. Lima beans soaking in butter. Stewed greens. Sliced pink pounds of ham. Corn on the cob. One piece of dinnerware, for one fat tomato, cut in chunks and salted. Another for rings of a sweet yellow onion.

In the fridge a key lime pie, waiting.

And the sunlight reaching through the window.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Who's Your Farmer?

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?--Douglas Adams

One of the vital purposes of this blog (when I'm not neglecting it) is the sharing of information. If that hardly sounds like a revolutionary mission statement, it's not. In fact, there may be nothing more obvious or downright pedestrian. Every published word, no matter where it appears, is an atom of information. And most blogs, in their essence, seek nothing more than to make communal the salient elements of private experience.

On the other hand, when the subject is agriculture and making food fit to eat, the importance of shared information rises to a critical level. Simply, we are growing generations without any intimacy with the soil and  a cooking education that goes beyond frozen pizza in a conventional oven. As long as we continue to have, say, potatoes, I have faith we can overcome the latter: After all, even I know how to cook now, when only a few years ago I was sauteing canned salmon and mayonnaise in olive oil. But I wonder sometimes how long we'll have potatoes, especially ones not drenched in pesticides?

It's not an outrageous example. According to Progressive Farmer, from 2002 to 2007, the number of people "under twenty five years old who call farming their prime occupation fell by almost half," with fewer than 6,000 across the nation ("The Young Faces of Ag, October 2009). The average farmers in 2007 was over 57 years old. This upward trend in age certainly suggests that our agricultural knowledge is in peril. For a variety of reasons, we're missing the next farmers in line to learn when to plant the seed and how to use a tractor.

Perhaps the issue is even more urgent in organic production because its practice is more complicated and information-heavy than conventional agriculture. It's the difference between crop rotation and companion planting, or simply spraying a pesticide. In the past decade we have seen educational opportunities in the organic field spring up in academic certificate programs and mentoring support offered by non-profits. But the body of knowledge--and its institutionalization--is still being formed. As we grow the community, the best way to promulgate the why's and how-to's of organic farming is personal, firsthand experience and sharing it.


The enemy.

I will continue to share what I learned, e.g. don't ever, ever, ever let stink bugs in your tomato patch. I also encourage anyone really interested in farming organic to find immersion, to live and breathe the idea. The good news is there are an abundance of farm internships out there (and farmers in desperate need of labor). One way to get started might be to volunteer on organic farms by signing up with WWOOF, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which connects organic farms in different countries with temporary volunteer help and enables those volunteers to see the world (Flights to Tel Aviv, anyone?). In a sensible and earthy way, it brings closer to home a global environmental consciousness.

Actually, I knew a couple in Arkansas who had been Wwoofers in Ireland. While they like anyone else traveling abroad or to the U.S. were responsible for taking care of their visas, they were matched to their work opportunities and lodging through the Wwoof organization. Unmistakably, they had a blast.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Great Tomato Sauce Recipes

The man's desire is for the woman but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge



Who's got recipes? With all these damn scrumptious tomatoes, I need 'em. Here's the very serviceable one I've been using from allrecipes.com:
* 10 ripe tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 green bell pepper, chopped
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
* 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
* 1/4 cup Burgundy wine
* 1 bay leaf
* 2 stalks celery
* 2 tablespoons tomato paste

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Have ready a large bowl of iced water. Plunge whole tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel, 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and place in ice bath. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then remove peel and squeeze out seeds. Chop 8 tomatoes and puree in blender or food processor. Chop remaining two tomatoes and set aside.
2. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook onion, bell pepper, carrot and garlic in oil and butter until onion starts to soften, 5 minutes. Pour in pureed tomatoes. Stir in chopped tomato, basil, Italian seasoning and wine. Place bay leaf and whole celery stalks in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 2 hours. Stir in tomato paste and simmer an additional 2 hours. Discard bay leaf and celery and serve.
I've yet to include either celery or tomato paste in my trials. You need salt, particularly if your butter is unsalted. I used a fruity South Georgia wine, nice to cook with and nice to sip (the Hahira Red from Horse Creek Winery)--although it's not absolutely essential. I've also doubled the carrot and increased the tomato requirements by half, based on the superabundance of tomatoes and carrots on hand. Mushrooms are a good throw-in as well.

I'm ready for variations and new culinary adventures. Any suggestions? Anything with zucchini (I've got some ugly ones probably unfit for market)? Bring it on.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

There's This Dream I Keep Having...


Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone -- Czeslaw Milosz

...I get up in the morning and head down to the field, and all the tomatoes are dead. Sometimes it's some lurid, overnight disease that's taken hold. Sometimes they've been decimated by deer or groundhogs or stupid, bastard kids who've tramped through the woods swinging baseball bats. When I stand there and see all the dead plants, I laugh. I can't do anything. Six months of hard thought and physical labor, every night of motherly worrying and hoping, are gone.

It's silly, but these tomatoes have consumed my life--and I have no idea exactly what I'm going to do with them. I'm sorry for being away, and I appreciate everyone who's stopped by, checking in during my absence. I'll do my best to honor your faith and repay your kindness.

Here's another picture for the ladies (thanks for the tip, Amber). I've got cuter ones coming.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Out with the Old

And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" -- Job 1:21


In with the new. I want to put up some pictures of something cute to counteract the grim portrait of Juanita in a previous post. There's also a point to make here. Was I sad about Juanita's death? Sure. Maybe the better word is "disappointed"--frustrated that all my hard work had been so quickly and summarily snuffed out. But nothing more.

There's no time for sentimentality and weeping on the farm. Quite simply. there's too much to do. And I know well the bloody awfulness of Nature. I borrow from it what I can, and I'm not so vain as to presume to have any control.

Lastly, if daily existence on a farm can often seem like a gruesome circus, it also has a warm, exhilirating antipode.

Juanita's gone. But now this orphan calf needs some looking after. Maybe there are no fair trades in life and death, but this one is acceptable.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Juanita Is Dead

 Long live Juanita!

More to come.

Monday, May 11, 2009

What Now: Part 2

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule -- Michael Pollan

Here's what:


Yum. Thank you, Juanita!

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