Winter in Swoope. I walk along the banks of Middle River on our farm in search of treasure. Dexter, our Border Collie usually walks along with me but he passed on and I sure miss him. Cold air seeps through the opening in my collar; the brown, frozen grass crunches...
What is it going to take to restore the Chesapeake Bay? Every person and every tributary in the watershed. What will it take to restore the stream where you live? Every person and every tributary. Elizabeth Buckman, Vice President for Communications with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation asked me to write...
The term “Tree Hugger” is synonymous with "Environmental Wacko". One might say it's used for environmental profiling. From the Dictionary on my computer: Tree Hugger is a noun used informally, chiefly derogatory, for an environmental campaigner. I think I fit this description although I believe in harvesting mature trees or...
I tire of corporate smoke and mirrors, lies and greed. They say natural gas pipelines are safe. If they are so safe why were there seventy "significant" natural gas pipeline incidents in 2013? Pipeline Explosion! And don't forget about the San Bruno explosion that killed eight people, wiped out...
I love the smell of hay…and putting it away for the winter. It’s a good feeling; knowing all the winter feed for the cows is ready. Jeanne is now in the throws of bush hogging the pastures with her new fifteen foot wide “bat-wing” mower. We mow the pastures to...
Jeanne, the Princess of Swoope and I had the privilege of attending the League of Conservation Voters annual Capital Dinner on June 25th. It was held in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the nation's capital. We were there with the Virginia delegation. President Obama and Senator...
Swoope, Va: Several years ago we took two ladies in that needed a place to stay. They were from Wyoming. One had just quit her job; I think she was running away from something. We agreed to put them up for a couple of weeks until they could find a...
May fills my senses as I walk our “river field”. Life’s energy surges this time of year. The avian migration is at its peak. All the birds that want to be here have arrived except for the Dickcissels. They will arrive when the peonies and day lilies open. The...
From my journal: January 11, 2010 There must be a thousand frozen cow patties on the ground. It has been unusually cold and because of the snow we’ve been feeding a lot of hay to the cows. Since they spend a lot of time where the hay is, it...
One of eastern North America's greatest native trees is the American Sycamore, Platanus occidentals. Perhaps the most endearing feature of this legendary tree is its bark, especially in winter when the white bark, mottled with green and brown is fully exposed. These trees often exceed a hundred feet in height and...
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