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2022-11-28 Jack Leahy: Distraction is nothing other than a way to avoid, in the short term, the radical …

2022-11-26 Good news: Tribes celebrate plan to remove dams on Klamath. “The Klamath salmon are coming home,” …

2022-11-23 Floofy Pie

2022-11-23 Looking through this book again, which has been and remains influential on me (despite now falling …

2022-11-22 Preparing for winter

2022-11-22 Vermicomposting update

2022-11-21 Want to help regenerate your local ecosystem but circumstances limit what you can do at home? Look …

2022-11-20 Helpful video comparing both health benefits and environmental impacts of dairy and plant-based …

2022-11-18 The “free range fantasy”

2022-11-18 Cam Cole continues releasing blazing blues rock.

2022-11-17 Wendell Berry’s fateful decision

2022-11-16 The best hot chocolate

2022-11-15 My summer of not finishing books comes to an end

2022-11-15 In Limestone Country by Scott Russell Sanders

2022-11-12 A quiet, snowy afternoon listening to Ella

2022-11-09 So Amazon Drive is ending on 12/31/2023 and I discovered I have some mp3s hanging out over there …

2022-11-09 Frank Brown Cloud has posted an excellent essay on the role of belief in our economy—particularly …

2022-11-08 “Don’t obsess over politics”—click through to read a good quote posted by Patrick Rhone. It’s not …

2022-11-06 Walking through my neighborhood, seeing so many people living on small city lots using leaf blowers …

2022-11-06 Look at that butterfly. I asked him about Twitter and Elon and he just stirred his wings. I asked …

2022-11-06 Halloween 2022

2022-10-30 This year’s Jack-o’-lantern. Pictures by Darcy.

2022-10-29 My daughter Darcy has declared this Spooky Saturday. She says this involves Starbucks for breakfast, …

2022-10-28 Three songs so miserably sad it’s hard to listen to them more than once: Keith Whitley, “Don’t …

2022-10-27 I have no idea if the internet is already over, but this is a glorious essay. Via @joshua

2022-10-27 ”What Feminism Means to Me” by @Annie Mueller is excellent: I could do what I wanted, to a degree, …

2022-10-25 It looks like my Belgian tripel was somewhat successful. The ABV is low for the style but it tastes …

2022-10-25 Kill your lawn.

2022-10-25 Eight uses for fall leaves from the Old Farmer’s Almanac. We’re raking ours up, mowing …

2022-10-23 Another beautiful Fall day.

2022-10-23 Regenerative agriculture (like what you see in “Biggest Little Farm”) is animism in action.

2022-10-22 We finished the grape arbor. Now it just needs some paint and we’ll be ready to plant grapes next …

2022-10-22 Ok so I watched Biggest Little Farm and that was one of the most emotionally intense, beautiful, …

2022-10-22 It’s going to be a beautiful weekend here so one more big push to finish a few projects: finish the …

2022-10-21 What hath Jon Stewart wrought?

2022-10-20 Luxury surveillance

2022-10-19 Animism

2022-10-16 We’re having a beautiful Fall here in Indiana.

2022-10-14 Fall Break: Huber Orchard and bottling day

2022-10-13 A really excellent video on the complicated task of defining what we mean by the word “religion.” …

2022-10-11 Speaking of podcasts, I’ve finished season one of Old Gods of Appalachia and I absolutely love it.

2022-10-11 Theme music for Spooked podcast makes me happy every time.

2022-10-09 I’ve really been enjoying looking through blogroll.org, which (if I’m not mistaken) is the excellent …

2022-10-09 Why people change

2022-10-06 Some music from this evening: Townes Van Zandt sings “Pancho and Lefty” Iris DeMent sings “God …

2022-10-04 Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: “Bilbo used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a …

2022-10-03 “The first commercially-available CD (Billy Joel’s 52nd Street) was released forty years ago …

2022-10-01 Camping at Hardin Ridge again, this time at a site with no electricity. So beautiful and quiet. …

2022-09-27 Choose reality

2022-09-27 Wendell Berry, “Family Work”: Children, no matter how nurtured at home, must be risked to the …

2022-09-26 Hypocritical asceticism

2022-09-25 Monarch on (what we believe to be) Jerusalem artichoke.

2022-09-25 Expanding Green Man’s Grotto

2022-09-25 A damp but thoroughly enjoyable morning at Hardin Ridge.

2022-09-23 A personal calendar

2022-09-22 Happy Equinox! Happy Hobbit Day! The Road goes ever on and on, Down from the door where it began. …

2022-09-21 Hobbit Day is tomorrow, September 22nd. Are you making your preparations?

2022-09-20 The death of the queen has some people pining for the Great Chain of Being. I’m also not a fan of …

2022-09-19 We’ve been hoping for a dragonfly or two to find out little wildlife pond. Well, tonight we have a …

2022-09-18 Finished reading The Hobbit. It’s been a few years since the last time I read it. Now moving on to …

2022-09-14 Douglas Rushkoff was invited to speak to a group of tech billionaires about the future of …

2022-09-13 Interesting page on permacomputing, a.k.a., “radically sustainable computing.” Plenty of links. This …

2022-09-13 The loss of the night sky

2022-09-13 The problem is our solutions

2022-09-11 Saturday at the horror convention

2022-09-09 The British royal family owns a considerable chunk of British land. If you want to preserve that …

2022-09-04 Brewed a Belgian tripel from a kit today. Haven’t brewed beer in a few years so I had some …

2022-09-04 Alan Moore: I worship a second century human headed snake god called Glycon, who was exposed as a …

2022-09-03 I baked a Pennsylvania Dutch funeral pie. Definitely has a mincemeat vibe.

2022-09-03 Done!

2022-09-02 Unknown/Unknowable

2022-08-31 What do we hold sacred?

2022-08-30 Finished reading The Green Man by Kathleen Basford. Actually, there isn’t a lot of text—mostly great …

2022-08-30 Having a really good time reading Neil Gaiman again. Right now I’m making my way through his short …

2022-08-23 Alan Jacobs makes an excellent suggestion, which I plan to implement: You can also listen to music, …

2022-08-20 Hobbit Day is 33 days away

2022-08-19 How to be a good ancestor

2022-08-18 What if climate change doesn’t kill us?

2022-08-17 The end of the my audiobook era

2022-08-16 Daily Dracula has been such a fun way to read the novel. And now the action is building up as we …

2022-08-15 Ridiculously cute frog actually sitting on a lily pad in Green Man’s Grotto. Maybe he’s …

2022-08-15 Principles of Permaculture

2022-08-15 “The Reassurer” by Wendell Berry

2022-08-10 There is no such thing as the “environment”

2022-08-07 God is Ultimate Concern

2022-08-05 I love the YouTube channel “Living Big in a Tiny House”. Not only are the houses cool, the New …

2022-08-05 Happy 88th birthday, Wendell Berry!

2022-08-05 Remembering Christian CounterCulture

2022-08-04 Sanity Project is a page I’ve set up detailing our effort to turn our backyard into a healthy …

2022-08-03 Thanks to @crossingthethreshold for mentioning Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chödrön. …

2022-08-02 Backyard project updates: Rachel spotted what we think are dragonfly larvae in the pond. She also …

2022-07-29 This is a damn fine hour of stand-up by Stewart Huff, a really underappreciated comic. It’s at …

2022-07-27 Spicebush swallowtail on orange butterfly weed.

2022-07-27 An update on our worms. (Thanks for asking.) They’re doing well. We’re determining …

2022-07-27 So the frogs are clearly enjoying our pond. As I mentioned before, we found a generation of …

2022-07-26 Monarch butterflies have been put on the endangered list. Folks, plant that milkweed!

2022-07-24 Jug Rock and Hindostan Falls

2022-07-24 The Geode Grotto in Jasper, Indiana

2022-07-20 I got a great bit of mail from @aa recently! The color of the leather coaster is beautiful. Check …

2022-07-19 A few more plants have been added to the pond in Green Man’s Grotto. Tadpoles — both those we put in …

2022-07-17 Last night’s concert, the good and the bad

2022-07-16 Waiting for John Moreland

2022-07-16 Speaking of Green Lung, I’m too much of a boring middle-aged CPA dad sort of human to have what the …

2022-07-16 Now spinning — though with headphones since my wife and daughter don’t exactly like psychedelic, …

2022-07-12 If you build it, they will come.

2022-07-12 Think globally, act hyperlocally

2022-07-10 Chicken of the Woods. Spring Mill State Park.

2022-07-09 We built a pond!

2022-07-07 One of the perks of working remotely for the last couple of years: watching the Tour de France live. …

2022-07-01 Swamp milkweed

2022-06-28 This is worth watching (Netflix). Also good (if a bit less inspirational) is “Living Soil”. Watched: …

2022-06-28 Life within limits

2022-06-27 The next step we’ll be taking to increase relatedness here at our house: vermicomposting. We have a …

2022-06-25 Spotted at a local greenhouse: tiny iridescent frog nestled inside a tiger lily.

2022-06-22 Catching up: Vacation in California

2022-06-21 Inspiring, short documentary about Jadav Payeng, who has been planting a forest since 1979 to save …

2022-06-18 Bumblebee on purple coneflower 🌱

2022-06-08 Visiting Tor House and Hawk Tower, home of Robinson Jeffers and his wife Una, was an amazing …

2022-06-06 Nevertheless, I’ll be looking for you tomorrow, Jeffers.

2022-06-06 Day three. What can you say about these god-trees, the redwoods?

2022-06-05 Highlight of day two of our California vacation was the sea lions hanging out, watching the humans …

2022-06-04 California vacation day one: Travel hell.

2022-06-02 If all goes as planned, I am three days away from visiting Muir Woods, so I’m reading this in …

2022-06-01 Butterfly weed in Green Man’s Grotto is starting to bloom. Come on, butterflies!

2022-05-30 Ted Goia on fourteen signs that you are living in a society without a counterculture. This is true. …

2022-05-29 American Columbo is in bloom.

2022-05-29 I made some pawpaw muffins this morning using this recipe. I would have liked them to have a …

2022-05-25 Clive Thompson on the words he has never spelled correctly. Likewise. I’m a good speller but words …

2022-05-24 Trans-species collaboration

2022-05-23 In response to Jean, sharing my favorite picture of the Oregon coastline from our (best) vacation …

2022-05-22 Entwined being of plant and soil

2022-05-20 I’m a beekeeper now

2022-05-20 Hear me out: octopuses are aliens.

2022-05-18 Increasing relatedness on my city lot

2022-05-16 Waiting for An Evening with Neil Gaiman

2022-05-14 Bee friends (sweat bees?) pollinating our strawberries.

2022-05-14 Pleated inkcap mushroom popped up in the raised beds this morning. The raised beds sit on brick, not …

2022-05-10 Pretty excited to get confirmation of our tour of Tor House, the home of poet Robinson Jeffers, …

2022-05-05 Welcome to Green Man Grotto, a newly established native plant area in our backyard. The only thing …

2022-05-04 I believe the amount of anger in the world could be reduced if everyone had the freedom to take …

2022-05-03 Thanks to Austin Kleon for telling us there was a word for this: tsundoku. I work at my kitchen …

2022-05-02 Rachel and I took a quick walk in Murray Forest at lunch today. We saw a box turtle and both a …

2022-05-02 Harry Marks: And let’s not forget what everyone brings up when they talk about why “return to …

2022-05-01 It’s May 1st and you know what that means, don’t you? Time to watch The Wicker Man!

2022-04-30 It appears we have ourselves a holy fool skating along the boardwalk in San Diego: “Slomo: The man …

2022-04-27 Patrick Rhone: “The first approximation of others is ourselves.” Along these same lines, …

2022-04-27 Robin Sloan: The speed with which Twitter recedes in your mind will shock you. Like a demon from a …

2022-04-26 HOMEBREW 2, the second mailing of what I’m grandiosely calling an analog media project, was dropped …

2022-04-25 I really enjoyed looking through this collection of random pairings of books from Robert van …

2022-04-25 From the weekend: the view from a lookout point at Brown County State Park

2022-04-24 Big news today: the butterfly milkweed is coming back up!

2022-04-23 I picked up The Zombies on picture disc for Record Store Day. Meanwhile, at home, a squirrel is …

2022-04-22 Happy Earth Day. Later today, Rachel and I plan to mulch some open areas in our backyard for more …

2022-04-21 Robin Wall Kimmerer: The mosses remember that this is not the first time the glaciers have melted. …

2022-04-19 Spring wildflowers

2022-04-19 Something made me think of Lodge 49 today and I want to take this opportunity to recommend that …

2022-04-17 Introductory note: This poem surely lies behind what I’ve written lately about …

2022-04-17 The Gnostic Road

2022-04-15 Plans for our family vacation this summer are starting to come together. I was initially trying to …

2022-04-15 Jon Batiste: What a wonderful world 🎶

2022-04-13 Trust the method

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2022-04-10 O happy fault!

2022-04-09 New Jack White!

2022-04-09 “How do I live a meaningful life?”

2022-04-08 My favorite Tiny Desk Concert: Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles

2022-04-06 An essential question: Who does this benefit?

2022-04-06 Activism is an ideology

2022-04-05 Dark Green Religion

2022-04-04 Looky what I got today. I believe it’s a Royal Empress. Once the ribbon arrives I can start clacking …

2022-04-02 It’s as if people respond better to a welcoming - as opposed to punitive - environment: “New York …

2022-03-31 What counts as success in the climate change crisis?

2022-03-30 I've kept a very inconsistent journal since 2006, beginning with my first Father's Day. I wish I had …

2022-03-27 Wrapping up Spring Break

2022-03-24 Spring Break, thus far

2022-03-21 David Cain: One financial lesson they should teach in school is that most of the things we buy have …

2022-03-18 Last night I was walking through Donaldson Woods, one of the few remaining stands of old-growth …

2022-03-17 From David Cain:

2022-03-16 If the ability to tell right from wrong should turn out to have anything to do with the ability to …

2022-03-15 David Cain: Self-imposed rules aren’t constraints, they’re good decisions made in batches. That is …

2022-03-14 After reading this post on canonical address books by @annahavron, it occurred to me that something …

2022-03-11 Oliver Burkeman on the reality distorting effects of the attention economy: As you surface from an …

2022-03-09 This is a great post that I needed to read today. “My point isn’t that we’re not living in a …

2022-03-09 When Rachel gave me a record player for Christmas, she included with it an album of Big Band …

2022-03-08 Started reading Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. 📚 Quoting Seneca, Charles Eisenstein, and …

2022-03-07 Alan Jacobs has recently posted about his news consumption habits in response to a worthwhile piece …

2022-03-06 That there is a fun ride.

2022-03-06 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7) …

2022-03-05 🎵 “I had a thought about darkness; a thought’s just a passing train.” - John Moreland 🎵

2022-03-04 Craig Mod: Boredom is everything, man. I think our loss of boredom in contemporary society is one …

2022-02-28 “Go to the Limits of Your Longing” by Rainer Maria Rilke

2022-02-27 Stopped in at the Gus Grissom Memorial at Spring Mill State Park today. He was the second American …

2022-02-26 When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he gave them a command and warning: do not eat …

2022-02-26 It’s Beer and Waffles Day! The first race of the season is one of my high holy days. 🚲

2022-02-23 So when I heard that Third Man Records had a 7” of “A Glorious Dawn” available, the only decision …

2022-02-22 Austin Kleon mentioned Betty Davis on the occasion of her death a few days ago - and what I want is …

2022-02-20 Yesterday a friend and I visited the Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites in Marion, OH - mainly …

2022-02-18 June 25-26, 2014, was a two-day window in which same-sex marriage was legal in Indiana. (More on the …

2022-02-18 Dan Olson’s video “Line Goes Up - The Problem with NFTs” is an excellent critique of crypto …

2022-02-17 The Black Belt was a region in the American South known for its rich, black soil. It was home to …

2022-02-16 Looking for writing app recommendations

2022-02-12 Once (2007) causes me such exquisite emotional pain that I have to put a few years between each …

2022-02-11 🎵 Sister Rosetta Tharpe - “God Leads Us Along” 🎵

2022-02-10 I’m on a sixteen day streak with Day One. I’ve never been able to maintain a daily journaling habit …

2022-02-09 I’ve finished all of the films in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology and I can’t recommend them …

2022-02-09 This is an excellent video on how Amazon can afford to offer free shipping to Prime members. …

2022-02-06 I’ve now watched the first two films in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology and both have been …

2022-02-05 Now reading: “The dropout: a history” at Aeon. I’ve been in a sort of project of …

2022-02-05 Now spinning: D-Vine Spirituals. It’s a new release of recordings of Black gospel groups from the …

2022-02-04 I’ve been making notes about the influences on my life. I noticed a surface-level …

2022-02-04 Washington Post: “An 8-year-old slid his handwritten book onto a library shelf. It now has a …

2022-02-02 Austin Kleon recommends studying something you love in depth - and it just so happens that I’m …

2022-02-01 From The Revenge of Analog by David Sax, on the story of digital progress: Our world would be …

2022-01-30 Plans for the next issue involve cardboard and spray paint.

2022-01-30 This is a great presentation by Doug Tallamy, author of Nature’s Best Hope, on the way people can …

2022-01-30 Fantastic documentary: Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

2022-01-29 I received my order from Half Letter Press, which focuses on booklets and independent publishing. …

2022-01-26 Robinson Jeffers, standing beside Tor House and Hawk Tower, his handmade stone outpost on the …

2022-01-25 The IRS will require you to use ID.me to access your taxes online. Last year, ID.me was locking …

2022-01-22 Chilly hike at Spring Mill State Park today

2022-01-22 Worth watching. I didn’t know anything about her previously. Colette

2022-01-21 Rob Sheffield says the CD revival is here. I’m going to stick with collecting records for now, …

2022-01-21 I’ve set up a page for a zine I recently completed. It’s a collection of some of my …

2022-01-15 In response to a recent post I wrote mentioning zines, @lewism pointed me to an episode of Rolf …

2022-01-14 🎵 Now spinning. I first heard Robert Finley on the Colbert show a few days ago and fell in love with …

2022-01-11 Austin Kleon’s latest (subscriber-only) newsletter issue is about the creative seasons. Two …

2022-01-11 A Russian farm has given its dairy cows virtual reality headsets in a bid to reduce their anxiety. …

2022-01-09 Sunday cooking: broccoli with garlic sauce, hot and sour soup, and vegetable spring rolls.

2022-01-08 Today I found a copy of Over the Rhine’s “let’s stay together” record. I’m thankful both that I …

2022-01-08 The Dig (streaming on Netflix) is a beautiful movie contemplating death and the past. Ralph Fiennes …

2022-01-07 “Amazon Prime is an economy distorting lie” by Matt Stoller. Really good explanation of …

2022-01-05 This article on the yin-yang role of gorse in the ecological concept of succession reminded me of …

2022-01-04 It’s a new year - and that means well-intentioned people making resolutions and other …

2022-01-04 Great article on the current legal fight over recognizing the legal personhood of Happy, an elephant …

2022-01-04 Austin Kleon: Cultivate a willingness to be bad

2022-01-03 Today’s record store purchases

2021-12-31 I love books and lists - and book lists most of all. This post by Mario Villalobos brought two books …

2021-12-30 Useful distinctions from Erich Fromm’s book On Disobedience

2021-12-30 📚 What I Read in 2021 📚

2021-12-30 From Erich Fromm, On Disobedience (nearly every line of this book so far is worth quoting): In …

2021-12-28 Fascinating piece by Nicholas Carr on GPT-3, an AI tool for generating text. It has been fed …

2021-12-28 When it comes to crypto assets, I lean skeptical but I hold that opinion loosely - since I …

2021-12-28 John Halstead has written an thoughtful post on prayer from a non-theistic perspective. (John …

2021-12-24 The HBO Max documentary “Beanie Mania” is worth watching. Beanie Babies seem to be one of those …

2021-12-23 In process: my first attempt at a zine, which will contain a few of my winter haiku. I was inspired …

2021-12-22 What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wilderness? Let them be left, O let them be left, …

2021-12-21 I noticed my feet this morning….

2021-12-20 One of the things I’m most grateful for this year is the opening of an independent bookstore nearby. …

2021-12-18 I was reminded this week of Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley’s bonkers Evelyn Evelyn project. Webley …

2021-12-17 This hot chocolate recipe is really good - if you use dark cocoa and cut the sugar in half. That …

2021-12-17 I’ve been reading a bit about surveillance capitalism (Privacy is Power and a couple hundred pages …

2021-12-17 Several days ago I watched Bright Star, Jane Campion’s film about the final period of John …

2021-12-13 Look into the trees, gentle your eyes, engage your ancient talent for spotting movement. Listen for …

2021-12-13 I’ve had my eye on this series at my local bookstore. They’re great books, obviously, …

2021-12-12 Went to see Over the Rhine - the best band in the world - at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater last night.

2021-12-12 For the last several months in response to all this, I’ve been reading about solitude and silence - …

2021-12-10 I love documentaries about extreme sports - probably because I am so unlike the people who do such …

2021-12-09 More from the Lilly Library: a 15th century missal and a Gutenberg Bible

2021-12-09 First illustrated edition of Canterbury Tales, 1484, at the Lilly Library

2021-12-09 Yellowwood Lake, September 2021