“Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.” William Jennings Bryan

Monday, August 15, 2011

August 15, 2011

Allen found and caught a young blacksnake in the hay barn on Saturday and brought the little guy over to the house to show Griffin, who was here volunteering with his parents. Like most Saturday afternoons, Griffin had a pretty good day here picking vegetables, checking on the chickens, finding bugs and wild flowers, swimming, petting the cats and horses, feeding Snoops, touching a snake, and helping Allen change the farm truck’s battery. I wish I had all that energy. I think I used to have some of that energy a while back before the years crept up behind me and hit me over the head! Even so, what’s cool is that this kid reopens and renews all the things that I find myself taking for granted. Griffin rekindles all the wonder that I had stopped wondering about. Even the wonder of snakes.


  1. Great post and picture! - Jimmy Smith

  2. Ken--Your writing inspires me and brings tears to my eyes! Thank you for seeing the beauty of the natural world and sharing it so generously (enjoyed your goat story now that it has a happy ending!). We too have a geo-thermal system (and love knowing we're working WITH the earth, not against it!). We're in the process of installing the more efficient, individually activated solar panels (but that's another story). I just discovered FIVE huge green and black banded caterpillars on my fennel--my reward for planting and nurturing these host plants all summer! I almost didn't see them, the caterpillars blend so beautifully with their host.