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Closed Curtains

Grandma stood on the back porch dispensing advice.

“Don’t meddle with the pups,” I heard her say.

“Anyone who meddles after being warned, 228 more words

The Terribly Icky Car Trip

We made it to Iowa.  But only after a long, hard, impossibly-icky travel day.  More than 700 miles were covered in only fifteen-plus hours.  With no real breaks for meals because restaurants will not look kindly on bringing the family dog into the dining room.   541 more words


Unintended Consequences

It was Cesar Chavez’ birthday, a holiday for some, and I was having lunch with a 92-year old Japanese bachelor farmer. He’s kind of a lonely fellow. 1,226 more words

Old MacDonald doesn't want his farm anymore???

In a recent article by the Los Angeles Times, it is reported that wages for farming in America have risen, but the employees have not. Farming is the foundation of America. 139 more words


G is for The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck exposed me to the heart-wrenching human toll of the Dust Bowl and the heartless agriculture industry that treated its impoverished migrant workers as disposable drones. 971 more words


California Spam

“Curious children crowded close, ragged children who ate their fried dough as they watched. They watched hungrily the unwrapping of the sandwiches, and their hunger-sharpened noses smelled the pickle, cheese, and Spam. 446 more words