Diana Prichard

This girl brings bacon into the world; which pretty much makes her a superhero.  She is the owner/operator of a small, pastured and deep-bedded pork operation, freelance writer, and unabashed guacamole addict.  She writes and speaks about food, farming and politics. 

The Drought and American Families: How It Will Affect You at the Supermarket

While the media has barely uttered the D-word since fall, Mother Nature hasn’t spontaneously healed the Midwest. The Drought of 2012 has run over into 2013 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's most recent explanation--that the staggeringly dry conditions were the unforeseeable combination of two key periods during which the region simply lacked rainfall--has done little to ease the fears of many whom are hardest hit. Meanwhile, observant onlookers are noticing an uncanny resemblance to the conditions we saw during the early stages of the 1930s Dust Bowl. ...more
@Virginia DeBolt A friend of mine just returned from Nevada and was telling me about how low the ...more

The Drought and American Families: How It Will Affect You at the Supermarket

While the media has barely uttered the D-word since fall, Mother Nature hasn’t spontaneously healed the Midwest. The Drought of 2012 has run over into 2013 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's most recent explanation--that the staggeringly dry conditions were the unforeseeable combination of two key periods during which the region simply lacked rainfall--has done little to ease the fears of many whom are hardest hit. Meanwhile, observant onlookers are noticing an uncanny resemblance to the conditions we saw during the early stages of the 1930s Dust Bowl. ...more
@KarenLynnn Michigan is as well, which is where I live. Both fortunately and unfortunately ...more

A New Type of Hybrid Terror (Part 1): All-American Sons

If these suspects really are the culprits behind the bombings, and they do carry both radical religious sentiments and All-American credentials, than we might have to reformulate an altogether new understanding of terrorism that goes far beyond what we understand now. It is scary because we may have to admit to ourselves that domestic acts of terrorism and international terrorism have more in common than we want to believe....more
You lost me when you quoted bunk stats. Relative to their percentage of the overall population ...more

Are One-Term Presidents the New Trend?

It may seem bold to make presidential predictions four years in advance -- especially during an election cycle when pundits can't even seem to decide what's going to happen tomorrow -- but one thing is for sure: whoever leads the Free World into the next four years is going to have his hands full. So full, in fact, if that man happens to be Mitt Romney, we may very well end up with two one-term presidents in a row. ...more
@Aimee Whetstine I tend to agree, not because of the general state of the economy but because of ...more

Are One-Term Presidents the New Trend?

It may seem bold to make presidential predictions four years in advance -- especially during an election cycle when pundits can't even seem to decide what's going to happen tomorrow -- but one thing is for sure: whoever leads the Free World into the next four years is going to have his hands full. So full, in fact, if that man happens to be Mitt Romney, we may very well end up with two one-term presidents in a row. ...more
@MockingbirdDontWrite We're certainly a country built on adaptability, but I don't think for a ...more

How to Can Pumpkin

As far as I'm concerned, one of the greatest horrors in modern home preserving is the fact that pureed pumpkin in all its forms is not safe for canning at home....more
@Julie Letowski I won't lie, I'm one of those people who is inclined to live on the edge with ...more

Canning at Home: An Apple a Day

There's something about the month of September. It beckons sweaters and tall boots, fills the nose with the scent of freshly sharpened pencils and newly opened crayons. There's something about the flip of the calendar that affects the tastebuds too; that makes us crave comfort foods—apples, pumpkin, filling soups, and stick-to-your-ribs casseroles....more
 @Laine Griffin I'm glad you enjoyed it.  Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to can, I'm ...more

Canning at Home: An Apple a Day

There's something about the month of September. It beckons sweaters and tall boots, fills the nose with the scent of freshly sharpened pencils and newly opened crayons. There's something about the flip of the calendar that affects the tastebuds too; that makes us crave comfort foods—apples, pumpkin, filling soups, and stick-to-your-ribs casseroles....more
 @Aimee Whetstine Aimee, I'm so glad to see you here, too. I'm excited about your new project. ...more

Don't Give Up On Your Goals

Sound shocking? It's true.Your friends and family are for sure in your corner. They want you to succeed. They'll cheer you on, attend your readings, buy your books, whatever it takes. But no one -- no one will care whether or not you publish as much as you do. Which is why this whole publishing thing has to be a labor of love -- for YOU. Image Credit: kennymatic via Flickr ...more
I remember the first time I saw you speak at a BlogHer conference and you said this in the ...more

Paul Ryan: More Than a Pretty Face

The political world went from zero to sixty in mere seconds earlier this month as Mitt Romney’s announcement that Paul Ryan would be his running mate split America straight down deeply ingrained party lines....more
 @MikeCrowder Hi Mike, thanks for dropping by.  I think in many other election years you'd be on ...more