October 29, 2017

You may be wondering the point of Walking With Wendell. 

I’ve wondered about that myself.  Certainly by now there’s no hiding the ruts in my thinking and writing style.  My readership (of which I comprise about one-third), wants to know – “…….aaand?”  Sure, Wendell Berr...

October 15, 2017

I’m noticing that plenty of people do agree with Wendell Berry, in a way.   Check this out about Tim O’Reilly – the oracle of Silicon Valley, whose new book releases next month: 

O’Reilly makes the case that income inequality, declining upward mobility and job loss...

September 13, 2017

This month’s post was supposed to be a short piece comparing Henry David Thoreau’s antemortem fame to that of Wendell Berry’s.  Then Charlottesville happened.  That chant: “Blood and Soil!  Blood and Soil!” – I had never heard it before.  Now I can’t stop thinking abou...

August 10, 2017

Because few things are as pleasant as summer dinners outside in Portland, I am thrilled to have a new 7-piece patio dining set, complete with snappy red cushions and armrests that are actually comfortable. Coming to own this thing was the prettiest picture of efficienc...

July 3, 2017

Amazingly enough, and to the everlasting credit of my son who suggested in the spring that we take a side trip from our annual summer vacation in Ohio to Wendell Berry's "home place," I made it to Port Royal, Kentucky last week.  We were also in New Castle and Carrolto...

June 12, 2017

"You might as well send a bird dog to judge the competence of a neurologist." 

WB in The Presence of Nature in the Natural World: A Long Conversation (2016), from A Small Porch

Donald Trump has proven so utterly contemptible that his presence, even in blog-space, now fee...

May 27, 2017

Back when I started this blog six months ago, I thought it would be useful and healing to unpack the Trump election by holding it up for examination against Wendell Berry's life's work.  I felt like if Berry didn't predict the popular disgust that Trump cashed in on, h...

April 28, 2017

If it's possible to take a long walk on a small porch, then I think I've just done so.  

Having worked my way through every essay in Our Only World, It was with great gusto that I dove into a new Wendell Berry book -- this one a 2016 publication called A Small Porc...

April 8, 2017

A singular tragedy of our modern way of life and thought is that we only look forward, never back.  In its most positive aspect, we might attribute this reflex to American optimism, or to the godless dogmatism that has both charmed and cursed our short history on this...

March 25, 2017


EPA would face the steepest cut of a 31 percent reduction from current levels. The budget proposes the discontinuation of federal funding for the Clean Power Plan, climate change research and international climate change programs.  Altogether, it calls for the elimin...

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Why this, why now? 

I created this space to put my voice into the world. Silence will no longer do.   

The ideas are Wendell Berry's.

The hubris to link myself with Mr. Berry publicly is of course entirely mine.

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