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Tim Diebel
Writing from an outdoor classroom
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The Cacophonous Order of Bearing Fruit
"It's a jungle out there; disorder and confusion everywhere..."   --Randy Newman   The weather has been a study in polarities - flooding one week followed by drought the trailing two; scorching heat for days on end followed sweater-worthy evenings.  In th...
The Cacophonous Order of Bearing Fruit
The Cacophonous Order of Bearing Fruit
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Finding Our Summer Stride
I deftly unlatch and slide the plow blade off  the wheel wheel shaft, exchanging it for the large stirrup hoe attachment.  We now include two such stirrups in our arsenal of weed fighting equipment -- a narrower, 4-inch one suited for inter-row action and t...
Finding Our Summer Stride
Finding Our Summer Stride
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Because Everyone Should Have the Right to Puke
Here in Iowa our esteemed legislators recently passed — and the Governor signed into law — what I affectionately refer to as the “Big Ag/Industrial Egg Welfare Act”.  Shoving aside less pressing concerns confronting the state and the world like climate chan...
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We Can Wait, or We Can Start to Bloom
I no longer recall why I ordered them.  I was reading something, no doubt, that extolled the virtues of Nanking Cherries and something apparently clicked.  I do, after all, love cherries.  Never mind that we had planted several cherry trees last year that s...
We Can Wait, or We Can Start to Bloom
We Can Wait, or We Can Start to Bloom
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Whipped Between the Beckoning and the Forbidding
The radio, of late, has been set on the '70's channel.  I'm not quite sure why.  I haven't been in an especially nostalgic mood.  Nonetheless, I've been enjoying the music.  I hear plenty from The Eagles , Jackson Browne and Earth, Wind and Fire .  There is...
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Blown Snow in the Face and Other Exhilarations
The temperature is in the single digits again, and though I knew what was in the forecast I was still surprised by the blanket outside the front door.  After three fresh inches of overnight snow I once again scraped clear the front porch, then fired up the ...
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A Drip, A Scratch, an Open Door
Our garage door opener has had a mind of its own in recent days, opening randomly and inconveniently; through the night; while we are out running errands; tempting fate -- or worse.  Sometimes it balks, opening part-way on occasion, before thinking better o...
A Drip, A Scratch, an Open Door
A Drip, A Scratch, an Open Door
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The Price of New Sun
We
pronounced a benediction yesterday. The death was of the farm variety, not the
human. We are no stranger to mortal transitions out here. Chickens die of their
own expiration or by the appetites of predators. Squash vines succumb to bugs.
Baby mice are sn...
The Price of New Sun
The Price of New Sun
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'Till the Season Comes 'Round Again
It’s calmer now — a slower pace that is as satisfying as its
welcomed. This house has been percolating all week. Having gleaned the garden
ahead of freezing weather, the garage was full of green — green tomatoes,
tomatillos, and green chilies and peppers of...
'Till the Season Comes 'Round Again
'Till the Season Comes 'Round Again
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Winter Won't Be Far Behind
It’s
blustering outside. Autumn winds are disarraying empty buckets, flapping loose
tarps, dislodging dead branches, and rolling over the glider near the chicken
yard. The chickens last night wisely called it an early evening and trooped up
the ramps into t...
Winter Won't Be Far Behind
Winter Won't Be Far Behind
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