Winter House: Chapter 12

Here it is, the last chapter of my serial novel. It’s been a lot of fun to write. It taught me a lot about my own style, gave me room to explore ideas and the courage to try something new. I’ve really had fun – kind of hate to close the book. But there are […]

Winter House: Chapter 11

The penultimate chapter of this serial adventure brings the ever-present darkness face-to-face with the only man with the courage to face it. He perched himself on top of the bookshelf to take a moment and think. There had been several times over the last sixty years when occupants of the house seemed to be aware […]

The Garden Doth Giveth

Between taking care of the garden, summer business and harvesting the insane amount of produce we received, it’s been hard to share updates. So, here is a quick one. For the most part, I think I can safely say all that crazy work we put into sheet mulching our 700 sq. ft. garden space paid […]

Winter House: Chapter One

I’m fortunate in that I’ve been asked to contribute to a new fiction section of National Road Magazine. Read the first installment of an adventure I’ve been waiting to start for some time. The house wasn’t exactly what they’d wanted, but the location and price were right. It had charm, after all. It had obviously […]

Hautian Heroes: Mission of the Market

A quick examination of Vigo County alone reveals much about the economic condition of rural Indiana. As of 2015 the poverty rate was 20.4% among households, 25.2% among children under the age of 18. (Stats Indiana, 2017) That means in 2016 there were an estimated 15,400 food stamp recipients, just in Vigo County. Add in […]

Into an Indiana Sunset

There’s just something about driving west on 40 on a Sunday evening, staring into the sunset. Particularly when the woman you love says “Let’s take the backroads home” because you know you’re thinking the same thing. That bright yellow-orange ball in the sky highlighting all of the hidden shadows every tree, every damn blade of […]

At the End of the Day

When Raymond decided he was going to die, the feelings he perceived were not as he expected. He recalled that as his mother approached her own death, at the age of 99, he witnessed her speaking to relatives long passed. They could have been sitting in the living room next to her she was carrying […]

Hautian Heroes: Running the Relay

I met Rachel Romas…well, I can’t exactly remember when. Five, six years ago? Maybe longer. Time tends to get wibbly-wobbly when you get close to people. It was at a Relay event in Greencastle, I know that much. I distinctly recall my Dad telling me how impressed with Rachel he was because she worked tirelessly. […]

An Every Year Resolution

There is one thing I’ve really emphasized for myself in the last one to two years. Well, more so in the last six months. I have intentionally pressed myself to be more accepting of life in general. I don’t mean settling, and I certainly don’t mean giving in to things that otherwise might cause conflict. […]