Bad economic times.

Bad economic times.

This NY Times video piece on how three small businesses in that region are weathering the economic downturn really spoke to me. You can see a certain pain of responsibility and worry in the owner’s faces. I knew running LRRD wouldn’t be easy, but this...

Carbondale post-burn holiday fun.

Carbondale post-burn holiday fun.

Kate and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. She talked me into riding our bikes to seeing the results from last week’s historic first prescribed burn inside Carbondale’s city limits. She’s on the board of Green Earth, a land trust that manages the...

Welcome, President Obama.

Welcome, President Obama.

I’m proud of Kate–she’s barely had a day off for two weeks, but drove over to Cape Girardeau to get out the Missouri vote for Obama today. Here’s a photo (she’s in the middle). It was a beautiful day. And here’s a photo she took of...

If a turtlechuck could chuck wood.

If a turtlechuck could chuck wood.

I have to tell this story. Kate and I spent most of Saturday using a hydraulic splitter to take apart a huge red oak tree. As we worked on an especially knotty log I asked her to give it some more gas. She looked at what you see here a second, moved the throttle lever...

October bonfire.

October bonfire.

Karen Renzaglia hosted another great harvest party with a visible-from-outer-space bonfire (last year’s).Here she is. Kate and I designed and launched a nice little fire raft onto the pond. We all had fun paddling out in the dark to replenish it. The African...