A Scream in the Night

Jill and I were making dinner last night when we were startled by screaming from our western field. Neither of...

A Bad Week At the Farm

Here’s a schadenfreude buffet about our latest farm adventures: 1) We’ve been without water for five days so far. Our well...

Our First Week on the Farm

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Good Contrivance Farm, circa 1960[/caption] If a fortuneteller had waved a hand over her crystal ball--let’s say...

A Return from China

A package I sent to China last September just came back to me. What’s remarkable is not the fact that...

FIRE!

This morning, while changing a light bulb in the kitchen, I smelled burning plastic. Odd, I thought. Usually, our neighborhood...

How I Got Burned at the Flea Market

If you’ve watched “Antiques Roadshow,” you’ve seen segments where a collector believes he’s brought in a priceless artifact--like a Ming...