Month: December 2016

The Best New Year’s Resolution

I have kept a journal for the past seven years. By journal, I mean I have written a sentence about each day, every day for seven years. I always kept some sort of diary or journal when I was a kid. I stopped when I went to college and for years after college I didn’t write. In 2009, on New Year’s Eve, Chris and I were meandering through a going out of business Borders bookstore and I found a half-opened Moleskin Color a Month Daily Planner shoved behind some books for 75% off and decided it was going to be a New Year’s resolution to start journaling again. I decided to keep it simple. Write only one to two sentences per day, each day, no matter what. The sentences could be good or they could be bad. Didn’t matter, as long as I wrote. Somehow this habit has stuck with me. Each month has its own book. That book goes with me if I stay the night somewhere and sits on my night stand each night waiting for …

The Words In Our Heads

Though we try to end just about every day with a book in our hands, during the growing season Audra and I often don’t take nearly enough time to read.  Unfortunately, by the time we stop working and make it to bed, our ability to focus on reading for very long is a losing battle.  This time of year, though, on these cold winter days and nights, we have been reading a lot more.  We thought we’d share with you some of the books that have filled our heads and hearts this year.  Some are farm related, others aren’t, but who wants a farmer who isn’t well read? As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner First published in the 1930s, this book chronicles a poor “country” family whose matriarch is on her deathbed and wishes to be taken back to her hometown to be buried.  In their efforts to honor her wishes, her family embarks on a misguided odyssey which, instead, dishonors her in just about every way imaginable.   Faulkner’s famous “stream-of-consciousness” writing style is at …