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July 22, 2021 Leave a response Posted in:

Calhoun’s 2021 Festival Welcome

Well, hello there!  It’s really wonderful to be able to welcome you back to our favorite cow pasture, in person, together at last.  We gather here to enjoy the good company of our friends and neighbors, to celebrate that we made it through a very tough chapter of our lives, …

December 14, 2020 Leave a response Posted in:

On Giving

  This past week, we spent time selecting gifts from our beautifully stocked Red Ants Pants shelves for some folks who need a little extra joy this holiday season.  In November, we asked our customers for suggestions of people they knew who had an especially tough year.  The responses came …

November 25, 2020 10 Responses Posted in:

America

  Dear America, I’ve driven across you four times in the past few months.  Makes me wonder what you are thinking. Our wide-open plains, Great Lakes, Northern woodlands and the wise old Appalachian Mountains.  What are you thinking of us these days? You have seen a lot happen over the …

October 27, 2020 7 Responses Posted in:

Harvest

  These past few weeks I have been thinking about the harvest, turning to our gardens, farms, and fields for some grounding. On recent visits with friends I have been sent away with ripened tomatoes, onions and potatoes just pulled from the ground, pumpkins still on the vine.  I have been …

June 11, 2020 2 Responses Posted in:

A Letter To Our Community

A Letter To Our Community   Dear Red Ants Pants Community, Years ago when I was an Outward Bound instructor I led several courses where I was the only white person, and the only female.   On one particular course with a group of Black students from Philadelphia, we had a …

May 8, 2020 4 Responses Posted in:

Skids

Skids   This week I learned the difference between a pallet and a skid.  A pallet can be moved with a fork lift from all four sides, a skid just from two sides.  A skid is a simpler design, although not quite as strong. The skid is the original version …

September 20, 2019 2 Responses Posted in:

A Crowded Table

A Crowded Table   This past weekend, we held another Carpentry Course, one of our programs of the Red Ants Pants Foundation.  Taught by women, for women.  Beginning carpentry was the focus, learning everything from pounding nails to running table saws.  It’s a grand time filled with really strong women, …

April 8, 2019 4 Responses Posted in:

On Song Writing

On Song Writing Earlier this winter, I had an interesting experience at a songwriters festival down South.  We were at a brunch venue on the Gulf Coast. It was a packed house, yet still intimate enough to view the performer from the bar, where we had managed to snag grapefruit …

February 20, 2019 11 Responses Posted in:

On Letter Writing

On Letter Writing   A friend recently wrote me a letter, typed on an actual typewriter.  These days when we text way more often than write, this felt like a treasure.  He mentioned that he gave his 9-year-old daughter a typewriter of her own for Christmas.  He told her,  “There, …

November 20, 2018 7 Responses Posted in:

On Ancestors and the Future

On Ancestors and the Future   It is the Monday eve of Thanksgiving. I am digging through a recipe box searching for my Mom’s pecan pie recipe. It calls for both bourbon and maple syrup, so you can see why it’s a good one. I sat down to write a …

June 28, 2018 6 Responses Posted in:

On Neighboring

On Neighboring   When I was ten years old, a tornado came through and wrecked our farm. The three-hundred-year-old Cathedral Pines crashed down all around us, ruining fence lines and clipping the barn.  I remember seeing the apple trees my great grandfather planted get uprooted and fly horizontally through the …

April 19, 2018 Leave a response Posted in:

On Learning

On Learning   My goal before this snowy, icy, windy, miserable winter was over was to learn how to do a donut.  A real one like the high school kids do, with a rear wheel drive car. Not sure how I managed to get through my teens without learning this right …