This Thing Ain’t Over

I stopped wearing a pandemic mask in mid-May. I’m wondering if that was a mistake. The CDC and reliable public health experts advise that fully-vaccinated people do not, for the most part, need to wear masks for their own protection any longer. Being fully-vaccinated, I don’t feel personally vulnerable without mine, even as the new … Continue reading This Thing Ain’t Over

Barn Music

I was out at my friend Jubilee’s last Friday, sitting in her big barn, listening to three women make music on the stage. One on fiddle (a three-time Wisconsin state champion), one on doghouse bass, one on guitar. Melissa Carper and Rebecca Patek perform and record as Buffalo Gals. Brennan Leigh is a old-timey compatriot. … Continue reading Barn Music

Intentional Community

From the moment I first learned of them, I’ve wanted to live in an intentional community. I’m not starry-eyed about it. I don’t yearn for utopia. I just want to experience another way to be. I’ve studied the communities directory on the website of the Foundation for Intentional Community. I’m on their email list. They … Continue reading Intentional Community

Supply Side Managers

The man in the interview was trying his best to make supply-side management sound like something you would choose to do with your one precious life, while the show host wondered if students today were prepared for such complex work upon completing their four-year college degrees after six years of secondary school and six more … Continue reading Supply Side Managers

All Harness, No Horse

A little over year ago I wrote about the pressure we were facing in the early days of the pandemic (though we didn’t yet know those were the early days) to get back to normal, That pressure continues, especially in the food service industry, where workers are expected to slip back into the harness as … Continue reading All Harness, No Horse

A Cause for Hope?

Remember when we learned that George W. Bush liked to paint? That was a moment. I loathed his silver-spoon presidency, his frat-boy insouciance, his wars of cruelty and cultural annihilation from which the world has yet to recover. But I felt a little softer toward him as a human person when I saw those canvases. … Continue reading A Cause for Hope?