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The Farm versus The College

posted by murray in Uncategorized on November 20, 2014

So now it’s November of 2014.  After a North Dakota winter last year (-20 night after night after night), propane prices up to $5.00 a gallon, and hay prices through the roof I have taken two big steps:  I have closed down the greenhouse for the winter and sold or given away all the goats, […]

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Goat Mamas

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January 6, 2014 Goat Mamas. The current very cold weather has caused a problem for my pregnant goats. If they deliver in the cold, their babies will freeze within minutes unless I just happen along at the right time. So I have moved the most pregnant females—five of them—into a small, hastily constructed pen in […]

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The Progress of Spring

posted by murray in Uncategorized on January 13, 2014

The Progress of Spring.  January 13, 2014.  Of the seasons, I much prefer Fall and Spring.  That’s when things are happening, changes are occurring.  They are dynamic seasons unlike Summer and Winter when we are stuck with way too much heat or cold.  Fall begins, for me usually, sometime in August when it’s still summer […]

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Killing Time and Sleeping Our Lives Away

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Killing Time and Sleeping Our Lives Away.  January 13, 2014.  Commuting to work for, say, a half hour.  A lot of people do it.  A few shorter, a lot longer.  That’s 30 minutes times 5 working days times 48 work weeks, which equals 7200 minutes or 120 hours or 5 days a year.  Wow! Books-On-Tape […]

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The Winter Solstice

posted by murray in Uncategorized on January 9, 2014

The Winter Solstice.  January 9, 2014.  The Winter Solstice on December 21 is the shortest day of the year.  Right?  Then how come the sun continues to rise later and later as we move into early January?  It turns out that this is complicated.  In fact, after the Winter Solstice, the Sun rises later but […]

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The Beauty of Simple Solutions and Small Changes

posted by murray in Uncategorized on January 8, 2014

The Beauty of Simple Solutions and Small Changes.  January 8, 2014.  One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to enjoy what can happen when I make small changes in the way I do things.  For example, in the gift shop of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, after enjoying a very nice Monet […]

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New Year’s Blog 2013. Earth’s Future Seminar

posted by murray in Uncategorized on January 3, 2014

January 3, 2013. Happy New Year Everyone!  I am busy preparing  my seminar on Possible Futures of Planet Earth and the United States.for this coming spring semester at Missouri Western State University.  This will be an Honors Seminar for 15 students.  We will focus on a number of issues that impact our future.  The emphasis will […]

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Excellent Book Series #1

posted by murray in Uncategorized on September 5, 2012

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon.  First book:  At Home in Mitford It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a […]

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