New Blog: Barns! Barns! Barns!

I’ve started a new photographic blog and you’re all invited to join in for the fun. This blog is about preserving a way of life that is fast becoming extinct: the family farm.

I’ve just posted my first posting and invite you all to participate. You may find my new blog at:

I hope to see you there. I’d love this to be a repository for all things old with respect to family farming, not just buildings.


“Bad, Bad Winter”

Putting up hay with Mormon hay stacker, Box Elder County, Utah, circa 1940. Photographed by Russell Lee, 1903-1986. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

“KANSAS LEGEND tells of a pioneer rancher who spent the summer making a huge stack of hay to feed his cows through the winter,” relates Field Editor Karen Ann Bland of Gove, Kansas. “When he thought he had enough, he sent his son to ask a wise old Indian chief what kind of winter to expect.

“The chief solemnly shook his head and said, ‘Bad!’

“Alarmed, the rancher made even more hay, then sent his son back for an updated forecast. ‘Very bad!’ the chief said.

“So the rancher desperately made still more hay, then sent his son back to the chief. ‘Bad, bad winter. Much cold. Deep snow for many moons,’ he warned ominously.

“Impressed and worried, the son finally asked, ‘Please tell me: How do you know this?’

“The chief pointed toward the family’s distant ranch and said, ‘Because white man make much hay.’ “
—Country magazine, October/November 2006.

This is only ONE reason I love Country magazine.

No, I don’t work for the magazine, but that would be an ideal job, if there is such a thing as an ideal job.

Perhaps one day I shall share some other reasons why I love Country magazine when I’m stuck for something to say. Well, I’m not really stuck for something to say. I just read this and had a good laugh and wanted to share it with you. It caught me so off guard, as I hope it did you.

Have a great day!

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