Cool Stuff – Adventures
“Loretta’s Lesson in Beans”

Loretta has been through a thing or two. Even though she doesn’t live with the other chickens, she has stories to tell. After she was beaten up a few times by Buster, she had to start living closer to people, so that we could keep an eye on her and so the Rhode Island reds wouldn’t beat her up on the playground. But as a result, she gets to see […]

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“A Man and His Rice Cooker”

This is my French friend Robert. Doesn’t he look like Ernest Hemingway? For many weeks we spent Saturdays together at the french farmers market where he tended to his pot of rice. The rice was his priority, second only to the box of wine he carefully unloaded from the truck along with a portable refrigerator used just to keep the wine cool. In France, it is important to have wine to drink while you sell […]

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“Lucy Laid a Big One”

If you haven’t heard already, Lucy had a big day a few weeks ago.  And then she had a really big day. She laid this: Look at it compared to a regular egg, it’s a giant! But it gets better… It’s not one giant egg… It’s twins! Two for the price of one. Yum.

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“Harvest”

I wish to spread this time of year out, to add little portions of it to other months. There’s so much food, too much food, much picking and tending and tugging to be done. My least favorite thing to pick is green beans. There are always too many, and they camouflage themselves superbly. When I miss some I feel defeated. My favorite thing to harvest is carrots. I love the sensation […]

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“Lucy Is A Woman Now”

Lucy arrived one morning in the arms of Carmen, the beloved housekeeper who removes all the bird droppings off the kitchen floor after the roving fowl view the open door as an invitation, and decide to stop in for a visit. She was rather scrawny at first, Carmen didn’t really explain where she’d gotten her from. She just arrived with a chicken in her arms and plopped her down and left her […]

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“Dove Hunting: 8am – 9am”

When the sun comes up, the socializing begins. This consists mostly of hanging out in the corn on the back of a four wheeler sipping a soda, and staring blurry eyed in front of you… Stragglers come in from the fields little by little, trying to hold out for just one more… someone insists they bought bad shells… someone lights a cigar…. Someone rolls up their sleeves and takes to the […]

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“Dove Hunting: 7am – 8am”

Soon there’s some action. And the earplugs come in handy as shots fire across the field… The doves start to descend en route to breakfast… And Buddy is thrilled to finally get some action… Where’s the dove?… Sniff, sniff, circle, circle… I just saw it here… where did it go?… I’ve been waiting all morning for this moment! AHA! Yihaw! Yippi! The sweet payoff of a dove hunt at daybreak… I don’t think so […]

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“Dove Hunting: 5 am – 7 am”

Dove hunting starts a little later than most hunts. 5:30 am to be exact. It’s a social affair… a cooler full of beverages, talking, laughing, dogs running around in circles. And some good ear plugs. It takes place in the fields not the woods. The doves come down at sunrise to feed on the corn, sunflower seeds and wheat. And we wait. And wait… Entertain the impatient dogs… March around […]

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“Off I Go!”

It’s time for the big dove hunt in Lake Village, Arkansas! I plan to eat a lot of roasted dove this weekend. And tamales. But I will only be hunting for dove, not tamales. Those will come from Rhoda who ties them up in perfect little corn husks. Yes, she and I will be eating roasted dove and warm tamales by this time tomorrow. And I can’t wait. I will be sending […]

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“Hell’s Chicken”

Cars glide in and out of parking slots outside Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. The lot is jammed with vehicles ranging from the Baptist Church van to a worn-out pickup truck with a missing tailgate. Most of the storefronts along the street are vacant. Other than Prince’s, all that is left is the Jesus Rock Café and a hair salon, “where ordinary hair becomes extraordinary hair.” Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack drives […]

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