San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
March 23
,1947, on the Gregorian Calendar and temporarily trapped at a farm on the ridge line near Paris, Iowa, in the United States of Advertizing. ¡Viva México!


JUNE 6, 2014 6:36PM

The Multipurpose Chicken House

Chicken House I

I know that many of you living in rural areas are wondering what you might do with that old chicken house on the premises. I do not know how your chicken house is configured. My remarks here will be confined to the traditional rectangular chicken house.

First, of
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JUNE 5, 2014 11:38AM



It seems to me in my old age that there is no difference between the abstract and the representational. Each is in the other.


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The North American lawn is an inane and toxic institution. There is no thoughtful argument against this proposition. The inanity of the institution is self-evident; the toxicity is mind-boggling. On 28 and 29 September 2009 I posted two pieces on lawns at the blog I was maintaining in Mexico at that… Read full post »

Hells bells did I ever love Hells Bells' poem! Inspired, I immediately composed a List of Materials and set out scrounging in the farmhouse and outbuildings. I managed to locate all the materials on my List of Materials save one.



*When I use the phrase "old girl's bi… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2014 7:51AM

Big Fun in the Country

 There are severe limits on the entertainment value of solitary self-reflection in a remote place such as this. I am of course an advocate of the benefits to be derived from learning to live with oneself. Still, at the point one gets the hang of that, one needs other projects. Placing… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2014 2:02PM

House Fire


In theory I reluctantly returned from Mexico to tend the family farmstead now that my mother has commenced serving her life sentence in a care facility. In practice I nearly burned the farmhouse down to the ground and killed myself in the bargain. The whole episode grew out… Read full post »

APRIL 26, 2014 10:35AM

This Old Farmhouse

 No, I am not in Mexico for the time being. I am staying here in the very same farmhouse in which I grew up, which at times can seem quite weird. ("Is this what it all has come down to? A full circle?") My aged mama is in a care facility.… Read full post »
APRIL 23, 2014 11:45AM


Tiger Lily I-2424

The river was up.  Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2014 11:43AM

The Ultimate Movie

I was watching a movie last week. Were I to reveal the title of the movie, it would redound to my everlasting embarrassment . . .

Okay. Okay. The title of the movie was Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In truth I own my own copy of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 3:00PM

Testosterone Poisoning

Health issues are popular topics of conversation among folks in my age group.

There are rare occasions when I myself still deal with the symptoms of testosterone poisoning. But they are mild  symptoms and pass quickly now. I can manage the syndrome easily at current blood levels. Why would I eve… Read full post »

AUGUST 9, 2013 7:33AM

trompe l'oeil

Tiger Lily I-2424


If you stare at this photo long enough while squinting, you can make out my old tree house up there in the fog.  Read full post »

AUGUST 8, 2013 8:53AM

Surviving Plant Life

I do not cultivate any plants here on this old farmstead. In fact I have spent a good deal of time beating back the plant life. Nonetheless, some of my mother's perennial flowers survive against all odds, these lilies being a sampling.
Yesterday she was transported… Read full post »
AUGUST 7, 2013 10:13AM

Guns, Dogs, Fish, Women

Those are the subjects on which Jack holds forth best. He is not a live-and-let-live sort of guy. Jack has probably murdered as much wildlife in his time with traps, fishing rods, and firearms as any other man alive. To listen to Jack—and I certainly had the opportunity to listen… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2013 4:30PM

Jack and Billy

Billy was out. I don't know how he got out, but he came to the bar and played one more time with Spellman and that crew. Colder 'n hell out. January. Year before last.

I had been frolicking in Mexico at the time and knew little… Read full post »
OCTOBER 29, 2012 11:30AM

Tolstoy's Message to the American People


When I read your letter it seemed to me impossible that I could send any message to the American people. But thinking it over at night, it came to me that, if I had to address the American people, I should like to thank them for their writers who

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