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Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Skills | 3 comments

Rural Bliss

Rural Bliss

Let’s all march ourselves down to the local farmers market and peddle our heirloom, organic vegetables! Raise your glass of locally produced wine or craft beer! Ahhh… heaven.

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Skills | 3 comments

Liars’ Bench

Liars’ Bench

Originally Published in About Magazine Along the side of a highway, that you’ve probably never traveled, there sits an old stone building. It was built before the road was paved and it was built strong. It was small because it fit the place in which it lived. It was a place of community. It was a place for lost souls and where men gathered to tell their tales. It was there, sitting on an old church pew, that I got the education that every boy should get. How to spit. How to cuss. And how to tell a good lie. Will Human ran The Human Store in the shadow of the Ouachita Mountains for as long as I could remember. It was every bit the type of old country store that nostalgia is made from.   Will could almost always be found sitting in his rocking chair in the back watching one of the stacks of VHS movies he’d rented that week and smoking a cigarette. There was no air...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Skills | 1 comment

Work. Life. Balance. Part 1

Work. Life. Balance. Part 1

I have stuff to do. Lots of stuff. Stuff to do in order to get ready for upcoming classes. Stuff to do for clients. Stuff to do on the cabin.  Stuff to do on the ranch.  You know stuff. The never ending circle of stuff.  On an average work day my schedule is typically worked out to the minute. Here’s my typical Monday: 6:30 a.m. – Drag self out of bed.  Check client social media accounts and then head to coffee and shower. 6:45 a.m. – Breakfast with the Lady.  Two strips of bacon. Two eggs fried in bacon grease. (delicious) 7:00 a.m. – Put on farm clothes 7:15 a.m. – See Lady off to school and then get on tractor and head to the barn 7:16- 8ish – Check/Feed steers, heifers, horses, and ICU animals 8:05 – Back at cabin,  fill up firewood box, change into school clothes, check client accounts again. 8:15 – Get in truck, leave for school, make hour commute.  During commute make morning phone...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Log Cabin, Outside, Skills | 1 comment

practicality vs. luxury

practicality vs. luxury

I’ll try to set this up as best I can.  I received an e-mail earlier today from someone with a fairly simple question.  The question was essentially, wouldn’t it be easier and faster to use a starter log to start my fires?  The decrease in time would give me more time to do other things.  So I responded… There’s a couple of points about that. First, would it be easier? Perhaps. But, no it really wouldn’t be any faster. I can generally have a good fire going in less than five minutes. Secondly, taking shortcuts on things like starter bricks/logs (and other things) often have an unintended consequence of making our skills sloppy and we find that on the day when the wood isn’t ideal and we don’t have a starter brick then suddenly starting fire is much more difficult than it would be if we’d stayed in practice. So we find that the path of least resistance isn’t always as beneficial in the long run as we thought....

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