Rural Delivery

Essays on the rural experience.

by Michael Hofferber

Trade paperback, 142 pages.
Outrider Books, 2006.
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Chapter 1: Country Living

In the MorningBorn to be Rural If You Live in the Country, Wave The Tree Swing – Skipping StonesOut of Line Country Hardball – Read the News BackwardsSunday Drive -- New NeighborsThese Boots That Do The Talkin' View From The Trees Where Oliver Found His Place Incidents in a Small Town –  Ground Truthing Crop Circles ~ A Fist Full of Memories ~ Out Walking ~ Listen ~ Harvest Moon Eclipse ~ Risk Assessment ~ Barn Dance ~ Silent Sentinel of Crop Protection  In the Quiet If It's Thursday Night, It's Bullseyes – Winter LightsMidwinter Delusions  Gone Fishing – A Winter's Sleep  Family Values
Chapter 2: Animals

Uninvited GuestsStay at Home Geese
Peril of Life With Pets – Animal Talk A Man and His DogWe've Flown the Coop – Playing Ball Canine Alter Ego Bird Wars Beware of BambiStrays  Night LifeWinter Visitors   Harnessing an InstinctRare Breeds Country MusicRoadkill Livestock GetawaysThe Animals WithinA Wing and a PrayerNot Far Removed A Mouse in the House  Cow Tipping Where Did Dogs Come From?  – A Bite Most Deadly –  Small Souls

Chapter 3: Weather
Windbreak -- Passing Clouds -- Keeping a Tornado Watch -- In the Hailstreak
A Change in the Weather Man in the Moon The Dog Days of Summer  Signs of the Weather  Weather Modification Lightning Strikes  Equinox  Some Summer Days  Cold Hardening  The Sun Stands Still  Dark of Winter What the Snow Reveals  A Chance of Showers Rhymes With Weather

Chapter 4: Tools
In Praise of Older Trucks
  Confessions of a Latter-Day Luddite  On the Block  Old Iron Disease The Cast Iron Skillet  Witching  What Logs to Burn Pushing Progress  Good Fences, Bad Neighbors  Privy to Privies For The Love of Tractors Real Cowboy Hats  Solar Reflections Hitched to History Scanning for News 

Chapter 5: Growth
Full Bloom  Harvest Song  No Mere Coincidence  Parasites  Give Eggs a Break The Natural  The Northern Spy and Other Edible Antiques  Know Your Oats  Yellow and Ripe with Autumn  The Gardener’s Redemption  Sacrificial Cells Raspberry Rhapsody  Blossoms  Touching Discovery Grandpa's Seed

Chapter 6: Self-Reliance
Rural Economics  Campgrounds of the Dispossessed Any Given Name Sweet Spot The World in Hattie's Jars  Who’s Whistling?  Against All Odds  Hippie Hoedads  Country Auction  Quondam Mechanics  Ascent of Man Signs of Trouble   To Market, To Market  "So God Made A Farmer"   A Place of Our Own  Folks  Christmas Letter  October Leaves  How to Make a Jack-o-Lantern  Boundary Art  The Stories We Tell Our PlaceWhen Cowgirls Rode the BroncsMoving AwayA Carol's TaleA Fruitful Year The Porch – Home for the Holidays – Final Harvest

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