Podcast: Books! Farm Flop! Self-publishing Webinar! Back Injury!

This podcast sponsored by dung beetles

This podcast sponsored by dung beetles

A reader suggested I make another podcast, so I did! To find the podcast on your favorite podcast player, just search for Catholic Apologetics. Typically it is one of the first ones you find. Also a direct iTunes link is on the right sidebar over that way. ————–>

In this episode:

* Update on The Protestant’s Dilemma, including sales figures and comparison to its self-published predecessor.

* The Journey Home and Convinced! documentary

* Preview of a webinar I plan to do on writing, self-publishing, and finding a publisher!

* Farm Flop discussion

* Next Catholic Answers book discussed

* Some info on enduring a back injury and dealing with that

Apologies for some of the rustling/breathiness of the podcast. :)

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Eunice staring us down

Eunice staring us down

Farm Flop: A City Dweller’s Guide to Failing on a Farm in Two Years Or Less is now published on Kindle! Get it for just $0.99.

Here’s an excerpt about our most devious cow, Eunice:

One of the new cows that we had bought, Eunice, was white with brown spots. She would look at you, and you could see the wheels turning in her head. She was sizing you up, thinking about how she could defeat whatever plans were made for her.

She was the smallest of the new cows, but she was higher in the pecking order than all of them. She would even challenge Hildegard and Matilda, who only kept her lower by their physical advantage in weight.

Eunice was clever. Whenever a cow was found outside of the electric fencing, it was her. She made it seem as if she knew the electric fence was only a psychological barrier, and that when she did stay in it, it was because she felt like it, and not because she was intimidated by it. She was the kind of cow you culled as soon as possible.

One day I had the cows in the back pasture in an electric paddock. This pasture is separated by a tight cross-fence from the front pasture. The only way through it is by the closed gate or jumping over a five feet high fence. Nonetheless, I looked out at the pasture, and there was Eunice running around the front one while the rest were in the back pasture. How on earth did she get there?

I went out to the front pasture, and herded her toward the back. But she resisted, and when I got her along the cross-fence, moving her toward the gate, she would make a run for it and beat me to the side fence, bolting back out to freedom in the front pasture. We repeated this about three times before I decided I needed Katie’s help.

Country Lesson: Cows can run fast

Katie came out with me, and I positioned her by the side fence where she could pressure Eunice toward the back pasture, preventing her from escaping to the front again. It worked, and we got her in the electric paddock again. I walked along the cross-fence, searching for where she jumped over. I saw no possibility. I tested the gate; it was closed fast. Scratching my head, I went back inside.

Not twenty minutes later, I look out to the pasture, and sure enough Eunice is in the front again. Grrr. I went out again and got Katie’s help immediately. We put her back in, and this time I looked more closely at the fence. On one end, dense mesquites had grown around the fence. Now, I had begun a war against the mesquites on the land beginning the previous year, but I had not yet chopped these down. I ducked under the thorny foliage, and Eunice’s secret was revealed. One of the old mesquites had a branch that had come down on top of the fence and pushed it down far enough that Eunice could wiggle her way into the space and hop over into the front pasture. Mystery solved.

So much wisdom packed into such a small book. Get it for cheap today!

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A Year of Farm Flops

The farm truck breaks down on the way to east Texas

The farm truck breaks down on the way to east Texas

This has been a tough year for young Catholic farmers.

We have been friends for some time with the Ford family, founders of the New Catholic Land Movement. They and another family that we are friends with had been farming in Kansas and building momentum for the movement. This year, due to catastrophic weather and pests beyond anyone’s control, they have had to suspend their farming and find a different way to continue their dream.

Their farming story is quite different from ours. For one thing, they were making a living off the farm, something we never even attempted. Also, they were actually skilled farmers whereas we were bumbling neophytes. But the reality is that both of our dreams of farming and creating an incubator for other young Catholic farming families has hit a major setback this year.

Does this mean that the principles of agrarianism and distributism are wrong? No. It just means that they are hard to implement in our times. I remain convinced that the agrarian life is best, but I am also a pragmatist: country culture has been all but completely eradicated. Finding community, let alone Catholic community, in the country is exceedingly difficult. By living near many friends and our holy parish in the city, we now have a stronger community than we did in the country.

A bit of levity: a few days ago I saw my neighbor trying to chop down a tree with some little saws and electric limb trimmers. He was really going at it, and it took him quite a while. Nearby in the garage I had my Stihl FarmBoss chainsaw that could have done the job in 1.3 seconds. There are some benefits to having lived out in the country for a while.

I almost forgot! The book is coming out in just a few days. Pre-order it here. And sign up below for my email list to get that 30 minute phone call with yours truly. Friends will tell you that talking to me is nothing special. But don’t listen to them! It’s totally special.

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