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I’m on fall break this week.  No classes.  It’s a strange feeling.  School has become my main focus and to have a break from that main thing is weird.  I’m sitting in Cafe Ardour in old town Fort Collins enjoying a cup of coffee and reflecting on the past few months.  The transition for me back into school has been slow.  The semester has left me feeling more like a visitor on campus every day and less like an actual student.  But I have my schedule set for next semester and I’m really excited about it.

I mentioned earlier that Lauren and I are watching every film that has won an Academy Award for best picture.  If you want to hear about some of the films we’ve watched you can read Lauren’s impression of them here: Cimarron, Grand Hotel, Cavalcade, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Great Ziegfeld, and The Life of Emile Zola.  It’s been fun ( and sometimes painful) to watch these old films in order.  Many of these early movies have taken place between 1890-1910, which at the time was only 20-30 of history for them.

I have become very excited about planting next year.  It’s never too early to start thinking about next year.  Soon our mailbox will be filled with seed catalogs and Lauren will find me surrounded with dog-eared catalogs and sketches of the soon-to-be-filled garden beds.  Along with the process of planning for next year comes reflecting on the previous season.  I didn’t take any notes this year.  I debated about taking notes, and decided against it since I wasn’t spending a full year in the garden.  I planted later than would be ideal, and because of that my whole schedule was different.  This year I’ll be able to start more seeds indoors, plant cold hardy veggies in the early spring and plan on growing food to put away for next winter.

I’ve also been thinking about putting together some posts that can offer some insight into the things that are shaping my thoughts about food and farming.  I’ve seen a number of videos that showcase young farmers that greatly inspire me.  I’ve also read a number of articles about our current food structure that scare me.  I’m going to start posting these things to help offer an explanation as to why I’m going to school to study Horticulture and what I hope to do with it.

Well that’s about it for now.
peace

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Ok, kids.  I’ve tried to stay away from political conversation on this blog, because I don’t think that it would be beneficial for anyone.  But this has been on my mind for the past week or so.  My intent is really to be a generic as possible because I think that it applies to every candidate that I’ve seen.

Set your stop watch to 10 seconds…
Get ready…
Get set…
GO…

I’ve heard both of the two major candidates talk about needing a type of change that will rally people together and that we, as a country, need to come together to make this change (whatever change they are promoting) happen.  “Our country needs unity,” they say, but I have this feeling that what they really mean is : “Everyone needs to come together to vote for me.”  Am I missing something?  Do these candidates actually mean that the unity of our county is so important that they would continue to strive for unity even if they are not elected?

And I’m done.  And I feel better.  How’d I do?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, just be civil about it.