Not in Control

I think people who earn their livelihood through any kind of agricultural endeavor are to be admired for their faith whether they claim it or not. It takes a lot of work preparing soil, nurturing young plants, fighting disease and pests, careful harvesting, pruning and starting all over again. There are so many variables to […]

Pentecost

Sometime when people see pictures of the vineyard or hear about it, they ask me what I do with all those grapes. Let’s just say I like my peanut butter straight! Exactly one week ago I added yeast to a bucket of blueberry must. Must is the term for the mixture of fruit, pectin, a […]

Balance

I’m not sure the vineyard has ever looked healthier. The growth rate of new branches, abundance of fruit, rich green and bronze of the foliage all reflect balance. Sun and gray, wet and dry, hot and cold, nitrogen and phosphorus; so many things must be in balance for the life of the vine. Most of […]

It All Depends…

I used to go to an antique auction in Magnolia, AR, owned and operated by Ralph Jennings. Once I asked Ralph what he thought a certain item was worth. You know his answer don’t you? It all depends on what someone will pay. It all depends. Giving credit where due, the inspiration for this thought […]

Middleman

Arriving home last night after four days away, I was anxious to walk through the vineyard in the early morning light today. There was a good rain at about 11:00 last night and drops of liquid diamonds clung to the tips of each leaf reflecting the world in distorted images like one of those warped […]

Ain’t No Big Thing

I remember a necklace my Mom used to have when I was a kid. There was something called a ‘drop’ on a silver chain of sorts. The drop was a clear material of some kind a little smaller than a marble. Suspended in the middle, as if floating, was a tiny mustard seed. I don’t […]

Dream Haunter

I’m experiencing a new emotion these days as I stroll the vineyard. Fear. In actuality the vines may be doing just fine but I’m afraid they’re not. Hundreds of tiny clusters of what will become fruit after they bloom are appearing on the vines. This should foretell a rich harvest but I’m afraid it won’t […]

Like A Bride

I probably need to go away for a week or so and just not look at the vineyard for awhile. I’ve been breathing the pollen of Spring for a month now. All around I see the full display of the season. Many of the earliest exhibitors have long since dropped their petals and are already […]

Periscope or Pericope?

Darn auto correct! A pericope is a ‘cutting’ or section of a book or chapter. An alternative way of saying ‘passage’ when you’re writing a blog and you don’t want to use the word ‘passage’ again. A periscope is… well you know what a periscope is don’t ya? It’s a lense through which one might […]

Abiding

It would be understandable to read the first seventeen verses of John fifteen and derive that the emphasis of Jesus’ message is  fruit bearing. That is after all the purpose of the branches and why the disciples were chosen and appointed; to bear fruit and not just a little and not short lived. And it […]