Combatting the foes of husbandry

From thistles, weeds, burrs and brambles to war and the chase

My first baby yellow crookneck squash of the year, a heirloom cultivar of Cucurbita pepo (circa 1700).

“It’s the most important transformation in the way that humans interact with the rest of the natural world, because up until that point all of our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. In the Neolithic we see the beginning of farming communities settle in the landscape. You get villages, towns, cities, strongly…



A frank, independent, and courageous look at my German-American heritage, history, and current events with a deep aversion to sham and pretense wherever it appears.

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Wilhelm Kühner

Pruning the “tangled thicket” of Kühner (Keener) Genealogie in Amerika and reflecting on its relevance to current events.