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Animal Husbandry

Wheeling his pickup to town for an after work beer, Dale glanced at his Lady sitting all dainty-like beside him. What a fine young thing she was. Her nose out…

The Big Snowy

My lover’s most memorable experience in Switzer­land was also my own. Laboring under backpacks up perfectly engineered switchbacks cut into an ancient, forested scree slope, we broke above tree line.…

America’s Switzerland

I can’t say how many places lay claim to being “America’s Switzerland.” Like, while driving through Missouri, how many of Jesse James’ “famous hideouts” do you pass? Mosey up Chesapeake…

The Tao of the Cow

I once lived on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley. Less than three years out the army, alone, broke and chased by war demons, I wound up on the…

The Wishing Well

My parents grew up in the slums of Chicago during the Great Depression. When I was a little boy and we jumped into our 1951 Kaiser V-8 sedan and drove…

Modernity Comes With A Bang

Even before his Arkansas razorback hog started help­ing, Lew had always gotten a big kick out of plucking tree stumps. Just cuzz there weren’t any easy way of doing it…

A Whole Hog

Fellahs like Lew didn’t used to be so scarce in these hills. You go back a lifetime and they were as common as Ki-oats. Back there in the old world…

The Digger Dogs of Last Chance Hollow

All us humans need something to distinguish our selves from the dirt. Don’t matter what it is: a human will take pride in anything. If one fellah takes pride in…

Survivor’s Guilt

If the Viet Cong could shoot straight, I’d have been killed at least twice in the same morning long before my 19th birthday.…

The First Car Seen In Anderson Valley

Laying eyes for the first time on the Olsen boys, you’d never guess they were brothers, much less twins. They were un-identical twins, obviously, in the way that raccoons and…

Raging Old Biddies, Hysterical Geezers

“A society is rich when material goods, including capital, are cheap, and human beings dear: indeed the word ‘riches’ has no other meaning. The interests of those who own property…