The Star Thrower Revisited

In recent days and weeks, I’ve revisited “The Star Thrower” story.  This story from Loren Eiseley’s 1969 book The Unexpected Universe was the subject of one of our earliest posts a decade ago.  Its value remains true and unquestionable:  If you base your choices on what is right, then what you do will make a …

No One Should Be Lost

As I prepared to park at Dwight’s company this morning, two young men approached me and asked in barely discernable English if I was “Sandy *****.”  When I answered ‘no,’ they asked if I knew him.  I noted a parachute logo on one man’s jacket.  Since we stood a stone’s throw from SkyDive Arizona, I …

Never Too Old to Learn

I love language.  Though tempted to learn Esperanto – a constructed, international auxiliary language – I focus my current efforts on Haitian Creole. Many years ago, I coordinated trips for well-intentioned Americans to visit Haiti for one week.  The visitors could participate as ‘instructors’ in ‘English classes’ given to the Haitian children. After several trips …

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 …