Shannon County is located in southwestern South Dakota and is the only county completely contained within the Pine Ridge Reservation for the Oglala Sioux. Natalie and I moved to the small town of Kyle in the north east of the reservation this July where Natalie will work as a 1st grade teacher in the Little … Continue reading

What you could expect in NorCal

Northern California is beautiful, slightly rugged, and very unpopulated (Forest Service land abounds and we never had a hard time finding a free place to sleep.  Even coveted waterfront properties boasted towns of 900 inhabitants or less) Marijuana is prevalent and people smoke nonchalantly in the streets.  (We even spotted a waitress taking a toke-break … Continue reading

Growing Apples in the Desert – (Washington State)

Leaving the coast and temperate rain forest behind, we head east.  To our surprise we are confronted by semi-arid desert, heat, heat, and more heat, a petrified Gingko forest, sage brush, and no shade in sight. Continuing a bit farther east, even more to our surprise, we suddenly enter into extensive farmland.  How could it … Continue reading

I’ve Left

I left. I’m not sure if it is for good, but probably. While the farm provided a simplicity and calm, not unmeditative, not untranquil, It left me in the bitter and unfortunate situation of having zero time/energy/motivation to complete my academic commitments. Namely, finishing my master’s program by getting a practicum this fall. I find … Continue reading

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