Reflections

Farming and philosophy are a time-honored combination.  The world of nature and animals around us has a way of helping us understand our inner world too.  There also is good time and space for reading:  Thoreau, Emerson, Seneca, Epictetus, Montaigne, Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Nietzsche, Krishnamurti, Swami Rama, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait are some of the authors we read and reflect on here at Dyberry Creek Farm.

  • Dear Sue - Yesterday my dear friend Sue passed from this life. She was in Mexico watching the sunset with one of her beloved daughters, and chose her moment to slip to the other side. Why was she in Mexico? It was one of those things; no one throughout Sue’s life would ever have predicted that she’d die...
  • Wealth of Moonlight: A New Year’s Resolution - A New Year’s Resolution: to remember this, to be more this way. To play and be free. To stop trying so hard, looking for what is always, already, finding me. To be light of heart. To be the moonlight version of myself.
  • Being in Love, or, Dogs & Cats Living Together - It’s happening at last. Rahu the cat and the two puppies, Bhairo and Guinness, are starting to love each other. I’m proudest of Rahu. Some of you may remember from an earlier blog post that he’s a cat with a bit of a past. Seems he’s been fending for himself, hunting and living in the...
  • An Angel’s Kiss, or, The Kitten and the Motorcycle - “I tried to save a kitten on a highway, and I was hit by a motorcycle.” That’s the absolute shortest version of the story, one that I had to tell for three weeks on conference calls, to explain why I was working from home, calling in instead of meeting in person. Depending on how much...
  • Fear and Freedom, or, Learning to Free-Range - Before I say chickens are timid creatures, let me first hand it to them:  they are resilient and brave little creatures too.  Just hours old, tiny (the size of an egg), shipped cross-country in a box, handled by giants of another species – they manage it amazingly well. The spark of life, the impulse to...
  • Growing Up Funky - Look at that face!  Look at those crazy feathers!  Whoa, polka dots!  The funky ones are the ones we love the most, and isn’t that great? [Funky Polish chickens.  Magda, Eva, and Zsa Zsa.  The Gabor sisters were actually Hungarian, but that’s OK.] It’s not that long ago that the world of chickens was a...
  • M: A Love Letter - This is a love letter to life. A declaration of wonder and gratitude. I find myself these days in a pristine time, wherein really nothing is wrong. Fine, the usual stresses, enough to exercise capacity and to keep vigilant in the lifelong quest to become a better and stronger human being. But let it be...
  • Collective (Chicken) Consciousness, or What I Learned from Sal and Dominique - Chickens do what other chickens do. They go where other chickens go. I believe they think what other chickens think.
  • Reflections on Thoreau: Our thoughts are like rain - "A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts." Walden, "Spring"