I AM

As we hunkered down over the Arizona weekend under biblical monsoon rain, I encouraged my friend Dwight to watch Tom Shadyac’s 2010 documentary “I Am.”  True to form, he did, and when I asked him what he thought, he replied, “Everyone needs to watch this film.” I first watched “I Am” a decade ago, recommended …

What Your Right Hand Is Doing

As our farm develops, donors have been stepping up to keep the GBCCS kitchen operating four days each week.  As much as I would like to share some incredible stories about our donors, I’ve decided that moving forward, I will heed the advice of Jesus, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds …

The Promised Land

The deep green plants you see in this picture are Armenian cucumbers.  They cover about 25 feet of a hundred-foot row.  My family, friends and I are currently working 6,000 sq.ft. of 12,000 we hope to have planted by the end of August, though it is beginning to look as if the end of September …

Feeding Hungry Children

While we tend our small, desert farm and carefully and attentively work to achieve maximum capacity, we are asking for help to maintain our training and feeding facility in Cité Soleil, Haiti.  As we’ve explained in previous posts, we intend to sell the products that the farm produces and send 100% of the revenue to …

Attitude

As all men are created equal, so too, all men are created good.  The next fact to follow is that too many good people make bad decisions.  It started with Adam and Eve and will continue.  That is a fact. With those facts in mind, we continue to survive – possibly thrive – as the …

A Prayer Answered

On our desert farm, no day passes without learning more about the land and about ourselves. The list of things that must be done every day is long, repetitive, and unavoidable. After reading eight Wendell Berry fictionalized accounts of his imaginary small, rural, and agricultural community of Port William, Kentucky from the early to mid-20th …

I Dream of Flying

You may recall last February, I befriended Pat Easton, a lady in England who reached out to me regarding my 2010 book The Hamsa.  I wrote about the experience – A Light in the Heart of Darkness – on “E.S. Kraay Online,” the sister website to this, my Vitruvian man website. Over the weekend, I …

The Important Thing

I read my first Wendell Berry book – Nathan Coulter – in 2018.  Published in 1960, it is the first of Mr. Berry’s acclaimed Port William books set in the imaginary Kentucky town he created to tell his stories.  Mr. Berry was 26-years old when he wrote the book.  He was 84-years old, and I …

Growing Tomatoes in Arizona

Growing tomatoes in Arizona is challenging, but easier – though I can’t be certain – than growing tomatoes in Nome, Alaska. Over a year ago, Dwight and I spread a thin layer of wood chips – he calls them compost, but to me, they are wood chips – over the acre or so we are …

Facing Difficult Times

Everyone faces difficulties and challenges that often seem insurmountable… challenges that drop us helplessly to our knees. During those times, we have only two choices.  Rise up, or stay down. I choose to face difficult situations.  Prayer and meditation are my tools to rise up.  For that very reason, our home page encourages readers to …