Would You Rather games are quite popular these days. The premise is to ask a question that poses a rather impossible situation or just a silly scenario.
Would you rather drive a moped on a tight rope or go over Niagara Falls in a barrel?
Would you rather be Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter?
Today, our farm boy brought home a “Would You Rather” worksheet from school. The students had to write their own question and then answer it. Our farm boy wrote: “Would you rather be the best at ski jumping but never get to the Olympics OR be able to compete in the Olympics but not win a medal?” Continue reading
It’s FFA Week and from the looks of my social media newsfeeds, alumni members are pulling out the photos from days of yore and blue and gold jackets. I sat down to write yet another tribute the organization that changed my life, but instead decided to reshare something I wrote last June. It sums up FFA, its mission and its impact (as in makes a dent) on the lives of students.
Read “What’s In A Jacket?“.
Today, Dr. Oz uncovered the “global conspiracy” surrounding GMOs. I usually avoid these types of sensationalized “investigative” reports because they are nothing more than a regurgitation of biased studies, “expert” testimony supporting the biased studies and absolutely no exploration of another side to the story. However, this blog is not a commentary on sensational journalism.
It also isn’t meant to attack the character of Dr. Oz or the producers of his show. I don’t know them. They could be really nice people just doing their jobs. They don’t know me either, but I kinda wish they did because I could have helped them clarify some of the pseudo facts they presented during their segment on “Stealth GMOs”. Continue reading
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Now that the super hype over the Super Bowl is done, let’s turn our attention to the Olympics. I love the Olympics. I love every sappy behind the athlete story. I love those amazing moments – wins and losses – … Continue reading
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What a fun surprise to receive a nomination for Liebster Award from Colby over at My Ag Life blog. The Liebster Award is for bloggers given by bloggers to recognize the efforts of so many who are attempting to share … Continue reading
It’s snowing . . . again. And the temperature is dropping literally by degrees every few minutes. Yet, how absurd that I type those statements. It is, after all, January in northern Illinois. What is a person to expect out of weather?
With snow falling early in the season and periods of bitter cold keeping families huddled inside, the shortest days of the year actually feel like the longest. Continue reading
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that wasn’t written by Dr. Seuss, titled “Little House . . .” or chronicled the adventures of Junie B. Jones. But when 40 Chances arrived in my mailbox, I scheduled time to read it, digest it and consider its lessons.
40 Chances: Finding Hope in A Hungry World by Howard G. Buffett (remember the ‘G’ because his son, Howard W. Buffett also contributes to the book) is a terrific look into the mind of a futuristic thinker, an entrepreneur with a philanthropist’s heart, and a farmer who manages a foundation dealing in billions of dollars. The latter underscores the futuristic thinking, but does not take away from the overall lesson. Regardless if we’ve been given a billion dollars to fight a cause or if we’ve just been given a life on this planet, we have a responsibility to do better today than we did yesterday. You don’t need a billion dollars to be a better farmer. You just need the heart and brain that God gave you. Continue reading
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