So much of life seems to be a matter of muddling along, doing the best we can. I’ve always envisioned the Chicken Farmer that way — back to the earth, a bit of a hippie, probably in a place that’s something like New England. (Well, that is where the painted rock sits.) Somewhere along the way a sentimental fondness for lighthouses, small towns, and old textile mill complexes has been growing within me, and they, too, fit into that regional awareness.
These days Chicken Farmer I Still Love You is serializing my novel Big Inca versus a New Pony Express Rider, a story that’s part fantasy, part Dystopian, part steam punk as it unfolds in a rundown mill town that could easily be just over the hill from the Chicken Farmer. Its central character, Bill, straight out of college, has no idea what he’s facing. Let’s just say it’s a wild ride.
In addition, my novella With a Passing Freight Train of 119 Cars and Twin Cabooses was serialized in an earlier run.
With its focus on the abundance of riches available apart from consumer society, Chicken Farmer I Still Love You includes three independent, serious book-length discussions in chapter-by-chapter postings. They appear in these categories and are well worth investigating:
- Talking money takes a personal look at what’s not taught in traditional economics, business, and financial classes. The discussion includes workbook exercises for individuals, families, or groups to use in probing the emotional, practical, and even theological dimensions of wealth, labor, possessions, spending, and time. Many people have found its materials to be liberating when it comes to household budgeting and spending as well as career and lifestyle directions. It’s what’s too often missing from public awareness in our political and group decision-making, too.
- New England spirit examines qualities that make the American Northeast’s character unique. One highlight in this category is a set of photo slideshows and related essays reflecting the region’s famed autumn foliage.
- Hippie revolution looks beyond the mass-media stereotypes of a youth movement that changed the world, pro and con. Its influence continues in many streams, including efforts for peace and nonviolence, racial and sexual equality, environmental and sustainable economics, natural and organic foods, outdoors recreation, yoga and other spiritual practices, grassroots community organization, mellow music and dress, and more.
Chicken Farmer has at times also had a regular rotation of features, as you’ll find in the archives:
- Monday Eye, often a photo slide show but sometimes just a single shot.
- Tuesday Q, considerations of romance and relationships through the lenses of my novel Promise.
- Wednesday Writer profiles of people who work seriously with words.
- Thursday Money Talks, in an encore edition.
- Friday Payday, with its Dilbert-on-steroids office.
- Saturday Hippie, moving from celebrities to everyday people who have embodied the movement, one way or another.
Feel welcome to weigh in as we go. Lend a hand, too, if you want. Even on the little side street farm where this originates.