No winter here, not this year

Yes, the early forecasts have predicted a heavy snow season here in New England, but we’re going to try to ignore that here at the Chicken Farm. As far as the daily photo postings go, I’m declaring 12 months of summer.

The decision started over at my primary blog, Jnana’s Red Barn, which this year is featuring an example of Dover’s architectural history every Wednesday. As that project takes shape, so does a resolve to post additional samples here at the Chicken Farm. In reviewing my collected photographs, I realize they’ve all come from warm weather strolls. If I were truly ambitious, I’d return to the scene so that snow or fall foliage would be present to match the date of the posting. But it’s hard getting around a New England city when sidewalks are buried under three feet of snow for months on end or there’s no place to pull over on the side of the road, thanks to the snow banks. Besides, your fingers quickly freeze holding the camera. So here we are.

In continuing to plan for the new year, I feel additional scenes from across New England would fit into the emerging theme. Again, though, they’ve been shot in the summer. Maybe in the depth of winter, they’ll inspire us to look ahead with hope.


You may have already noticed a shift in contents here at the Chicken Farm. My intention of having an original profile of a writer every Wednesday and a (likely retired) hippie each Saturday just never took off the way I’d desired. For starters, the project demands more attention that I’ve been able to muster, and then, to my surprise, many individuals I approached were simply too timid to participate.

The questions, though, have shifted to you, the readers, and are open to your comments – as are the daily photo postings.

The Talking Money series continues to investigate the emotional sides of personal finance, including time, wealth, labor, jobs, faith, values, and more. Again, your insights are reactions are invited.


One thing that’s not changing is our counterculture experience, even if it does take some unfamiliar twists as the year progresses.

Looking ahead, you can expect to meet Bill, Boss, Manny, and Fran beginning in mid-May. And they’ll take over the spotlight through the remainder of the year.

Please stay tuned. Or, as we said, Turn on, tune in, drop out (of the mainstream).


One more on the shelf

We can now put this year’s Chicken Farmer entries up on our electronic bookshelf, along with an invitation to revisit them periodically.

It’s been a banner year here, too – we have more than 700 postings on the site now.

Thanks for stopping by and participating.

And let’s just see what’s ahead.

A little tidier, we hope, this year

Entering our third year here, Chicken Farmer I Still Love You continues to evolve. Shucks, it’s life, after all, and this is the time when many of us sit down to peruse seed catalogs and imagine new varieties and tastes with the garden.

We’re hoping to be a little tidier around the place this year, so here’s the plan of action:

  • Monday Eye will typically feature photos and slideshows. Some will be encores from the first year, in case you missed them.
  • Tuesday Q will present a few questions or a good quote – something quick and meaty.
  • Wednesday Writer will profile a poet, novelist, or other wordsmith – especially those working in the small-press scene or in fields that don’t immediately come to mind when “writer” is mentioned.
  • Thursdays we’re returning to the Talking Money series, this time in an encore presentation of shorter, more frequent offerings than we considered the first time around.
  • Friday Payday will move into the newsroom at the local paper, drawing on my novel Hometown News. When it comes to office life, this one’s Dilbert on steroids.
  • Saturday Hippie, meanwhile, will shift gears to profile everyday folks who were – or still are – part of the counterculture movement.

Like all things around a farm – even a little city farm like ours – it’s enough to have me wondering if I’m tackling too much again. But that’s life. Hope you enjoy stopping by.

Hillbilly Zen – Old Hippie

Add this to your Best Dog Tricks training.


Old Hippie

There is an old hippie who lives on a hill.

She’s been blessed by the heavens with acres to fill.

Stray critters all know they can come to her place

for a kind word, a cuddle, or to just feed their face.

They’re all loved and cared for above and beyond,

Some in the house, some the barn and the pond.

She’s all about critters and that seems to suit her,

but there’s not much room left now, so please….

Spay and Neuter!

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I KNEW there was something DIFFERENT about me…

As I’ve been saying, hippies still come in all varieties.



In an interview, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was asked why people were drawn so crudely in his work. His answer, “I think people are generally crude; I don’t know many refined people.”

Imagine sharing Basquiat’s thoughts as an eight year old little girl.

Imagine that he could have possibly said those words the day I was born.

I am weird. I have known this for quite some time, possibly since I was eight years old. I was led to believe that I had to “fit in” and “be a certain way” or people “would talk about me”. The irony was I didn’t like most people.

When I was a kid, “fun” for me was finding a secluded place to wander off to, put a blanket down, look up at the sky, and make words out of the negative spaces between tree branches.

I still like doing that.

Told you I am…

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Flowers in your Hair

Here’s another credo arising from the hippie experience.

Collectively Unconsciously Composed

Be who you are; not what the world wants you to be.

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And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.ImageImage Image 

It’s okay to be a glowstick–sometimes we need to break before we shine.


Get over your hill and see what you find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.















With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.



The most efficient way to be healthy is to feel good. And to feel good, feel the good vibes.


Be the type of person you want to meet.




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Pam Suggs-

Who’d a-thunk? So hemp’s not just a hippie thing?

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Bought 10 Acres of Land & Going Off Grid to Grow Hemp Crop in Colorado… Looking for Share Croppers!

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Industrial Hemp: Amendment 64 Allows First Major, Legal Hemp Grow In Nearly 60 Years In Colorado

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Influx Of New Hemp Bills Further Signifies America Is Turning A Corner On Marijuana

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Ron Paul: Ukraine aid bill is bad deal for all

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Growing restrictions gone: Industrial hemp retailers rejoice over the federal farm bill

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Yoga: Stretching Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Now for one yogi’s description of the experience, admittedly joining in a little after the hippie outbreak, check this out …

Botánica Naturae

As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a dancer. Whenever I would see someone dancing, whether it was on film or in “real” life, I would cry. I still do. It invokes something so nostalgic and spiritual that when I watch, even for a moment, I become that dance. I quite literally feel as though, I disappear into it.

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Using Recycled Materials For Architecture

I really like this …

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Origma Hut by Gary Warner.  Sydney, Australia

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, “If all the dimensional lumber used to build the 1.2 million new homes constructed in the United States each year were laid end to end, it would extend 2 million miles, the equivalent of going to the moon and back six and a half times”—a sobering statistic that doesn’t include other building materials.


Cook Park Amenities by Fox Johnston.  Sydney, Australia

Dutifully sorting waste, separating the metal and plastic from the paper for different recycling streams is part of modern life. Some areas even have food waste collection for community compost.


Maunu Residence by Fung + Blatt Architects, Inc., Altadena, US

Architects and designers are taking notice of the opportunities offered by recycling and reuse. Using salvaged materials not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable, such…

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