Our Blog

We are currently in the process of composing a full length book about our first 5 years.  The following blog entries will give you a good idea of what to expect between its covers:  humor, philosophy, theology, narrative, memoir and more.  It’s truly genre-bending.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll buy several copies and send them to your family and friends!

Emily Dickinson?

People ask me what I’m going to teach the boys on the ranch.  One answer is that many things will teach themselves…like Emily Dickinson. Out here, I feel myself Surrounded by Emily Dickinson – her Metaphors – exploding all around – Her... read more

Finding Truth

I have noticed that since moving to the country, my eyes and ears have started working better.  I take more time to see and hear.  The flock of birds that flies by above me makes a whizzing sound.  The noises in the distant fields at night have names and strange... read more

One-Eyed Chicken Survivor

One-eyed chicken survivor miraculously appeared this morning.  Rejoined his compatriots who now, for some reason, stick remarkably close together. Need me to draw the analogy to at-risk boys?  I think not. That’ll preach. P.S. If this is confusing, read my previous... read more


This spring, we mail-ordered 20 chicks.  For those unfamiliar with this process, they actually come in a box, with holes for them to breathe of course.  (In the spring, the West Plains Post Office has so many of these boxes that the entire place chirps!)  We ordered... read more

Pointing the Way

Mike is a big guy.He needs to be on the football team, or on the track team as a shot-putter.He is also a guy with big heart.In the few months that I have known him, I have seen this in the way his voice changes when he talks about his little sister, and in the way he... read more


I have recently started thinking about the Sabbath.  I mean, why is keeping this day holy, the only one of the Ten Commandments that we take as a suggestion?   The more I reflect on this, the more I feel convicted to move from intellectual pondering to passionate... read more

Building Boys of Character

An alarming number of boys in America today are victims of two deadly storms.  The first is a broken family that fails to protect and nurture, and instead buries them under the rubble of abuse and neglect.  If against all odds they crawl out unscathed, they face a... read more

Alternative Living

One side effect of pursuing an alternative diet is that you end up being introduced to all kinds of alternative things.One day you’re looking into the benefits of making your own kefir, and then the next you’re thinking about growing a beard and joining a commune!It’s... read more
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