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The ethics of a pig

Posted on March 4th, 2020

Note: some of these ideas came from Smith Fellow Dr. Bonnie McGill. Writing with a great nom de plume, O. Henry1 (William S. Porter) may have been the G.O.A.T. short story writer and his best one was the ironic comedy, The Gift of the Magi. O. Henry also wrote one titled The Ethics of Pig, […]


Posted on October 3rd, 2019

An article authored by Anna Jones recently appeared in the U.S. on-line version of The Guardian about Iowa and our struggle with nitrate pollution. One thing in particular about the article caught my eye and it was the description of a Marshall County farmer’s management of hog manure. He and his brother borrowed $1.5 million to […]

Fishing in the Rain

Posted on September 25th, 2019

I’ve always liked fishing in the rain for several reasons, not the least of which is that the fish bite. But it can’t be just any rain; a slow and steady warm rain with no wind and no lightning is best. Fish won’t bite if there’s lightning, and besides I’m terrified of lightning and if […]

The Swine Republic

Posted on June 28th, 2019

I have written some things about manure lately (link, link, link, link). If you were able to make it to the end of those essays, you found these points were made: · We have a lot of livestock animals in Iowa · These animals produce a lot of waste · This waste is used to […]

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Posted on May 15th, 2019

Even with an everyman’s body of 5’7”, 194 pounds, Lorenzo Pietro Berra (1925-2015) was one of America’s greatest athletes and was a cog on ten world championship teams with the New York Yankees. He was also one of our more courageous citizens, volunteering for the D-Day invasion as an 18-year old and later earning the […]

Hogs in a confinement facility.

Iowa’s Real Population

Posted on March 14th, 2019

Iowa has around 3 million people, a total that has not changed much over the last 80-90 years. People are large animals, and as such our bodies produce a lot of waste. That being said, we produce much less waste than the animals that we eat. Take hogs, for example. A feeder pig is about […]