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This work is not for the birds


Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger Art faces, I don't have much to do and my attention wanders. I notice the wren my husband calls friend, carrying food to her nestlings. A Red-eyed Vireo jabs food down the gaping mouth of her offspring. A robin flies by with food in her mouth. We aren't the only ones workingup here close to the treetops.

This bird's eye view gives me a new perspective on the work necessary to support our lifestyle. It is hard to believe the two of us alone built this workshop, which measures 24 x 36 feet with a 56 x 36-foot overhanging roof. How did we manage to staple the insulation between the studs of that high open ceiling? How did we muscle the rafters up?

These thoughts take me back to the spring of 1978. We have learned that we are not the only idealistic members of the back-to-the-land movement here in Fillmore County. Mary Lewis and Phil Rutter live near us in a
self-built log cabin and are planting trees for their budding tree farm. They introduce us to Steve and Janene Roessler who live in a self-built combination workshop and house in the woods near Preston. They ask if we want to join them in thinning some Red Pines near Rushford. The trees we cut will be our payment. We agree to join the project. The pine logs will be perfect for the framing for our workshop. So, a summertime odyssey begins. The six of us will achieve the kind of intimacy, similar to that of the Amish, I think, that comes from sharing ideals and physical labor.

Steve and Janene volunteer their truck, which is large enough to haul wagonloads of logs. Their neighbors, who own the farm and cathedral of a barn that will eventually become the Old Barn Resort, will loan us a wagon.

Our days go something like this: We meet at the old barn and decide to do two loads of logs, the first going to Mary and Phil, the second to Steve and Janene. We have come prepared with chainsaws, crowbars, water and Mary's peanut-butter cookies. When we reach the pines, we decide which trees to cut and the direction we want them to fall. When a tree is down, the men cut off the branches and the women haul them away.

During a break, we sit on a log drinking water, eating cookies and talking about our decisions to move to the co .....
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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"Whats this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their ..... 
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Recently released Minnesota books

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

Last month I attended the annual convention of the Upper Midwest Bookseller Association in downtown St. Paul, a gathering of authors, publishers and independent booksellers.

I was impressed, as I was last year, ..... 
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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Advice to a young man & A couple of things Im not so sure about

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

I will begin by telling you that I am seventy-five years of age and that I am a recovering workaholic. I have been in a recovery program for the last fifty five years. I want you to understand that it is not easy for m ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Pumpkin Dessert

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Batter:
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (Reserve 1 cup for topping)
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
Mix well. Grease bottom of 9x13 pan and spread batter in pan.
Filling:
1-1lb. can pumpkin
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs ..... 
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10/23/00

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot
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