• Romantic Rendezvous at the reLuxe Ranch

    Now that we have a farm, and our lives are more attuned to natural cycles, I am beginning to understand the wisdom of celebrating Valentine's Day in February. With early vestiges of spring wafting in the wind and an abundance of cold, cuddly, starlit nights, romance is running rampant 'round...


  • Man on Wire

    ©2008 Jean-Louis Blondeau / Polaris Images. Tonight Tasha and I watched James Marsh's excellent and inspiring documentary Man on Wire. The film is about Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who walked on a wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center in August of 1974. Before watching the film,...


  • A World of Opportunities

    Happy New Year! New Year's may be my favorite holiday. More than just an excuse to party late into the night, New Year's is a time to reflect back on the previous year's accomplishments and highlights, but also an opportunity--literally "an open door"--to make plans for the future, starting with...


  • Merry Christmas - A Tale of Two Stories

    I was at the crosswalk waiting for my turn. He trudged toward me, carrying his life in a few large duffel bags, slung in crisscrossed patterns around his lean frame. His jacket hood was pulled taut so only his face risked exposure to the biting wind. He crossed on red,...


  • Hog Killin' at the reLuxe Ranch

    Just over a week ago, we had an old-time hog killin’ here at the reLuxe Ranch. We have wanted to do this since we first read about it in Joel Salatin’s book Folks, This Ain’t Normal. But first we had to get a farm, then we had to raise some...