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Farm Life Book 1

Farm Life Book 1

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With the age of an average farmer near seventy what is a young farmer and his family to do? They won't sell out but the youngest of generations on the farm must find work off the farm. A young recruit to the world of ag-business John sees and learns secrets .......... All the chapters in one place. Dome Life continues the saga.

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With the age of an average farmer near seventy what is a young farmer and his family to do? They won't sell out but the youngest of generations on the farm must find work off the farm. A young recruit to the world of ag-business John sees and learns secrets .......... All the chapters in one place. Dome Life continues the saga.

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Farm Life
As a young man in high school Jody would get up early
 
on spring mornings to work the farm with his dad and thehired men. When he had a choice Jody always asked to workthe west quarter where his imagination helped him visualizean otherwise imperceptible tilt of the North Americancontinent toward the Mississippi. He further imagined theview clear back east to the ocean as he imagined it havingonly seen a few pictures. But he could see both his parentsand grandparents houses and the place midway where hewould build his own home someday.Now, more than twenty years later sitting in thecaptain’s chair secure inside his tractor he turned off thestereo, removed his protective earphones, switched theheater fan off, took the engine out of gear and looked out of the transparent bubble at the world as it must have lookedon the morning of Creation. Hearing the roar he imaginedthe smell of diesel exhaust as his father and grandfatheronce used in their machines to work the first square of landpurchased by his family after leaving Germany at thebeginning of the 19
th
century. Now as a man piloting his owntractor he felt the same as he did when he was a child ridingon his dad’s lap on the old Mitsubishi.He felt awe for the vistas that still took his breath away,and the generations of his family who now lived once morethrough him and in his flesh, he felt secure in a peacefulunderstanding that like the generations of fathers before himif he took care of the land, the land would take care of hisfamily and him. He felt the same way as a child and now asa father himself.He always stopped the tractor in this spot where theview was the most inspiring, his family’s land met the skyalong an unbroken line. He lifted the container from itsholder and twisted open the lid and the bubble filled with thesharp smell of the coffee that his mother taught his wife tomake. Cheddar coffee as Martha called it, unspeakablystrong, a double measure of grinds mixed with crushed eggshells and cayenne pepper. It was something special thewomen only made twice a year, during planting and harvest.
 
His father was likely taking his coffee break at this samemoment on the other side of their farm. The big rhythm of the seasons mixed with the little rhythm of the day. It wassomething he knew as well as he knew where every tool inthe garage was hung and the name of every farmer for athirty mile radius. The knowledge lifted his heart and filledhim with a sense of security mixed with endless possibilities.Just like the same thrill and love he had for his wife of almost twenty years, he learned not to speak of those deepfeeling because others did not always understand and somewere not as lucky as he and his family had been. But thosefeelings were always there and near the surface making hima happy yet humble man. Jody counted among his blessingsthat his wife understood his feelings and his mind, she wasthe smartest woman he ever met and she was never jealousof the farm. She was a part of him during the most difficultand trying times of the year, the days that turned him into just another wheel on the tractor for eighteen hours a dayweeks on end. That Martha brewed the secret family blendtold him every year, at a time that broke up other farmmarriages, when he was most stressed, that she is on hisside.Riding along in the tractor bubble, looking across theunchanged horizon, Jody felt a little guilty and somewhatcircumscribe for the belief that everything was perfect. Asclose as he ever came to feeling drunk.He had to stop his day dreaming, time was tight, it wasthe middle of the month and so far this month only gave himthree days dry enough for planting. His tractor floatedacross the muck on the latest inflatable self scouring bands.He remembered when his dad’s tractors had rubber tires andwould get bogged in the rich muck. Despite the hardship of the past those seemed like better days. He looked to the skyas it suddenly filled with another black barrel of rain. Thepremature rain of his torment had fallen half the night.Other farmers planted so he must but it seemed too soon. Itperplexed him and he had discussed it with his Dad, plantingwas done a month earlier now than when he was a boy. It

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USA and China are beginning the union which I predicted in my novel "Farm Life". http://s190893980.onlinehome.us/easti...
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We can not call it a Hundred Year Flood when we get one every couple of years. ... http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110507/u... http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110507/u...
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I got into farming in 1970 and there was a sense of the weather being different then ....http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/us/...
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why do the Chinese exact harsh penalties on corruption? Because there is so much of it and it isn out of control, at all levels.
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