Monthly Archives: May 2019

How America has changed in my lifetime

My story worth – How has the country changed in your lifetime? The surprising success of a fundamentally lazy man I thought of writing a book about my life’s experience. I didn’t get very far, but I came up with … Continue reading

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Brodnax visit May 2019

As a gentleman landowner, I am unaccustomed to actual work. Today was a lot of actual work in the forest. I had some success and some not success. I cleared a couple acres of sweet gum and poplar in order … Continue reading

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Freeman May 2019

Feeling overwhelmed today. Visiting the farms. So much to do. I have an idea what I want, but there is so much land and so little me. I know this happens to me every spring and I will get over … Continue reading

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Eager beavers

I am not eager about beavers chewing down trees on my farms or flooding, but it depends. This book gave me some better appreciation of beavers as ecological engineers and creators of green infrastructure. History was interesting. Beavers were exceedingly … Continue reading

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Pioneers

Not a bad book, but I would not rush out to buy it. His best, IMO, was “Truman”. This is not like that. It is mostly about the settlement of the area of Ohio around Marietta, told through the stories … Continue reading

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What were you like when you were fifty – story worth

What were you like at 50? Story Worth question. What was your life like when you were fifty? The most significant thing that happened in my 50th year was that we bought our first tree farm. I have discussed the … Continue reading

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Stoicism and Seneca

Rode down to a presentation at Smithsonian about stoicism and got a practical  lesson in stoicism on the way down. I used the hourly weather prediction to get plan to ride my bike when it was not raining. About 15 … Continue reading

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Describe the worst part of your life

Leaving out periods of sickness or bereavement, two periods of my life compete for “the worst.” Crashing at the takeoff It was the worst job year since the Great Depression. Unemployment in 1982 hit post World War II highs (think … Continue reading

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1491

I read the “sequel” – “1493” a couple years ago, so I was looking forward to this book. I was disappointed at first. The book drags in the first parts. There was too much detail of history that was precise … Continue reading

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Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement

“And I am not throwing away my shot; I am not throwing away my shot; Hey yo, I’m just like my country; I’m young, scrappy and hungry; And I’m not throwing away my shot” We worry that if we miss … Continue reading

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