Child’s Garden

VDH UltraThis Angry Old House, Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson A Child’s Garden of Animals I remembered all the wisdom, once caricatured, of my high-school coaches, and their rah-rah Americana inspiration talks during wrestling and football practices. And I now followed it: “Why not the best?” “Quitters never win; Winners never quit!” “Take this loss as a learning experience.” “Anything worth doing …

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VDH UltraRemembering the Old Breed. Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson A Child’s Garden of Animals I once talked to the Land Bank officer, a smart though cranky accountant near retirement. He called our farming operation “non-rational,” after he viewed the layout of my grandfather’s 120 acres. My Punjabi neighbor (who begrudgingly admitted that, as one of the first Sikhs to arrive in …

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VDH UltraThey’re Back! Warring Against the Icteridae. Part Two

Victor Davis HansonA Child’s Garden of Animals Any more creative (i.e., stupid) ideas? In Fields Without Dreams I wrote about our Ruby Seedless vineyard fiasco in which our cutting-edge new vineyard variety of big beautiful red grapes rotted the moment they were ready to harvest (the Ag extension officer once told me the once supposedly …

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VDH UltraThey’re Back! Warring Against the Icteridae. Part One

Victor Davis Hanson A Child’s Garden of Animals Each March swarms of blackbirds arrive in the yard to mate, nest, hatch their eggs—and make themselves detested. Life is quiet and clean until March and then again in late June when most disappear. But now they seem to believe they own the environs and will alter …

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