Author Archives: JohnMatel

Spring forest 2020

Practicing social distance down in the woods. Everything is starting to grow. I planted some wildflowers, but I busted my buster. Well, I only sheared off the bolt. Easy to fix, but I did not have a bolt, so that … Continue reading

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My old house

My old house is up for sale. It was a nice place to grow up; it seems to be nicer now. They have exposed hardwood, replaced appliances and updated the bathrooms. I would not mind living there again, if I … Continue reading

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Enviva & longleaf restoration

II feel virtuous & brag that I planted thousands of longleaf pines with my own hands, but if you really want to get something done you need institutional and enterprise support. This can translate those thousands into millions and regenerate … Continue reading

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April 1, 2020 forest visits

I practice social distancing w/o staying at home. Forestry invented social distance. Anyway, I talked to nobody all day, but got to go out. Mostly I was checking out what we did recently. It is good news. The logger are … Continue reading

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There is no such thing as society

Margret Thatcher is sometimes praised and often criticized for saying that there is no such thing as society. This is the whole of what she said, and she was right – ‚ÄúThere is no such thing as society. There is … Continue reading

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Community

Community is important, even if we have to “social distance.” I didn’t properly secure my trailer and it came loose. I stopped on the little road on the way to the Freeman place & soon a hunt club member stopped … Continue reading

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Out in the woods and man’s search for meaning

You cannot get much more socially distant than when you are out planting trees with nobody for acres. Dept of Forestry had an extra box of longleaf, since they cancelled Arbor Day plantings. I have some blank spaces for trees, … Continue reading

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Hate the president if you want, but do not underestimate America

Winston Churchill supposedly quipped that Americans always do the right thing … after they have tried everything else. I do not see that as an insult, and I am do not think Churchill did either. America has always relied on … Continue reading

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Drinking our part against the Corona virus

I am doing my part, even if it costs me some money and mild headaches in the morning. Chrissy and I like to go to Blackfinn. It is right across the street from us and we especially enjoy eating and … Continue reading

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Memories of the working class

An old picture reminded me of my working days at Medusa Cement on KK Avenue in Milwaukee. In the original posts I wrote that I did not know who the people in the wedding picture were, beyond my father. I … Continue reading

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