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  • Making and Storing Quality HayHorses need to eat too.To call someone a hayseed is not usually meant as a compliment. Used as a synonym for "hick," the term derives from the fact that those who work with hay are doomed to find remnants of it on their person in perpetuity, no matte...
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  • Wooly GatheringsUsing manual shears is no fun.Maybe it's a little fun. That's NOT sheep wool, Shiloh!Tell tale animal signs are everywhere on the farm. Walking around, it quickly becomes second nature to keep one eye focused the ground to avoid stepping in piles of...
  • Tilling Moments
    on Apr 25, 2010 in farm Deadwood corn energy
    A young cornfield in serious need of mowing.Other greens flourish in the garden.I hated using the Roto-Tiller. It’s like a bigger, heavier, more cantankerous version of a gasoline lawnmower, but instead of trimming the grass it violently rends it f...
  • Lost Among the Statues of Fremont
    on Apr 5, 2010 in Fremont Seattle
    "Oh, no! pray don't take me. I'm too little, that I am," said the billy goat. "Wait a bit till the second Billy Goat Gruff comes. He's much bigger.""The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow at any cost. To delay action is the same...
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  • Flying Discs from the Mountains to the Puget Sound
    on Mar 24, 2010 in Potlatch ultimate frisbee Seattle
    Professor Booty, up close and personal. This is why I had perpetually skinned knees. Photo: Jason Schueler Ultimate Frisbee and Seattle complement each other well. Both the city and the sport are a little off the...
  • A Lousy Apartment in a City of Parks
    on Mar 15, 2010 in Ravenna park Seattle
    The view of Husky Stadium from the arboretum boardwalk across Lake Washington.Look Mama, a digger! Signs at Ravenna Park have no trouble grasping the obvious.“Our apartment sucks ass.”That was the consensus Betsey and I came to after a few months...
  • The End and the Beginning in SeattleStanding in line at the Sea-Tac airport, I contemplated the striking contrast between my current situation and the road trip I'd just completed. For two months, I had traveled by my rules and my schedule. I got up when I wanted to, moved around as I...
  • A Farm in ContextBy the banks of Deadwood Creek . . .Zeppo fenced in for his own good.At the end of the dirt road by the intersection of two creeks lies a memorable collection of dilapidated buildings, run-down cars, and dingle-berry adorned livestock. A motley cast...
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