Category Archives: heritage

No going back

There is no going back. Everything changes. I have changed. The land I live on and work has changed.  We are changing together, the land and I. My land was once a family farm, supplying extra food to family and … Continue reading

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Buddhism and Adversity

As a student of Buddhism, I’m learning and practicing. As for being a Buddhist, I’m a pretty bad Buddhist. I don’t have a sangha. I don’t go on retreats. I don’t even have the money to go on retreats. If … Continue reading

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What led me to the farming life

1. The land: West Virginia, the Kanawha Valley and surrounding hills and mountains. The people there. Ohio, northwest, remnants of ancient wet prairie land, dry oak savanna, and forested ravines, the city, the river, my own backyard where I began … Continue reading

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Talking about Country

I came home from a day in kindergarten where I was told I was a hillbilly because I “talked funny.” At dinner that night I asked my dad if that was true, “Am I a hillbilly, daddy?”  I expected  an … Continue reading

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