February 15, 2011
10,000 years of farming in Egypt.
The silt comes down on the annual flood, making the soil fertile. The ancient people began to grow more food than they needed. It was the surplus that made it possible to build the pyramids and the cities that... More ›
December 6, 2010
A certain lady from Orcas Island has lamented the lack of political content in recent editions of the Farm News. She wants to hear some snap, crackle and pop.
I am not sure what good that would do. Could my remarks possibly improve our nation's... More ›
September 21, 2010
My friend Karen in Alaska asked me what happened to "Frog Hospital" because she hasn't received one in more than a month.
I told her that I wrote the Frog Hospital newsletter for ten years and then wrote a book with the same title and I guess... More ›
August 18, 2010
Will they celebrate Gay Marriage at the Ground Zero Mosque?
I'm getting the issues confused.
But if New Yorkers can tolerate a mosque at Ground Zero, shouldn't it be a highly tolerant... More ›
August 17, 2010
You can make friends with an old barn. This one was built in 1906 by John Basye's great-grandfather on Beaver Marsh Road in the Skagit Valley, out in the flats where the wind is blowing and the soil is fertile.
You need to watch the video, which... More ›
August 6, 2010
A long, long time ago I picked flowers for my mother. I picked violets and lily of the valley. They grew in the wild area on the north side of our home. I gave the the flowers to my mother and she put them in a vase on the table. She was happy and... More ›
July 26, 2010
"If Ronald Reagan Were Alive Today, He Would Be Proud of Me"
That's the opening line of a video I made for YouTube.
"I have six part-time... More ›
July 21, 2010
I'm trying ...... trying to appreciate the Museum of Northwest Art (MONA) in LaConner, but I fear the judgment of small minds in small towns. The way the small mind works is this -- since... More ›
July 15, 2010
Everybody liked the Fishtown Art Show at the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner. We had the Opening Day this Saturday and the museum was packed with happy people, looking at walls dense with... More ›
July 1, 2010
What is this thing about Harvard? Elena Kagan was the Dean of the Harvard Law School -- that makes her no smarter than a dozen people I know who read this newsletter.
There's is nothing special about Harvard. It's a fraud, an institution... More ›
June 25, 2010
Let's give the Farmer a Day Off
I went to the wholesale farmers market in Mount Vernon Thursday morning -- just being around all those sweet raspberries made me feel pretty good.
Farmers grow raspberries and sell them, and if they can... More ›
June 21, 2010
It's winter in South Africa. In Johannesburg, the BBC reports the current temperature at 45 degrees with a probable low of 37 degrees.
On a high plain at 5,500 feet elevation, Jo'burg gets a biting, freezing wind in June and July -- flu... More ›
June 9, 2010
"Fred, how is your book doing?"
Quite well, thank you. We've sold a lot of copies at the Next Chapter in LaConner. I'm getting it placed in various bookstores from Bellingham to Seattle.
I will have a book-signing and informal reading... More ›
June 3, 2010
I read in the newspaper online about "the emergence of contrasting versions of the melee at sea."
Contrasting versions should be expected
My interest in this flotilla is huge. I am... More ›
May 28, 2010
Yesterday I heard President Obama say he was in charge of the oil spill -- to stop it and clean it up. When people are in charge, they don't have to call a press conference to say they're in charge.
BP is in charge, as best as I can tell.... More ›
November 28, 2008
Breeds of livestock http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/
Horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and swine -- hundreds of photos and breed histories from all over the world. You will be surprised at the variety -- lots of fun, hosted by Oklahoma... More ›
November 25, 2008
One cannot live a serious life without enjoying a good party. I was at the Robert Sund birthday party in LaConner last night, held in LaConner's most wonderful building, the Civic Garden Club. The building is 130 years old and once held the county... More ›
November 14, 2008
When I heard that General Motors was going bankrupt, I immediately thought of my father's Buick. It suited him so well, a light-green four-door Roadmaster, bought new in 1956. He drove the whole family, five kids, from Chicago to Yellowstone Park,... More ›
November 10, 2008
"Barack Obama is the first President to come from Illinois since Abraham Lincoln," as I wrote in yesterday's post. Not true. We're forgetting Ulysses Grant, also from Illinois, a two-term President. They say Grant's Presidency was notable for corruption.... More ›
November 10, 2008
Barack Obama is the the first African-American President, a younger man with a handsome family. The nation rejoices, even the people I met last night at the Arts Alive show in LaConner. I sat by the stage next to a carved wooden parrot and many... More ›