Month: September 2017

Griffiths

Ingenuity

If ingenuity is the mother of invention, life on a farm commonly calls for rigging up a contraption or coming up with an unconventional solution to a problem or situation. In his book, Batting Rocks over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey, writer Lawn Griffiths shares ways his family went about farming in clever, unconventional ways in the 1950s and 1960s.

His father, who manag . . .

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Trappings

Each profession has its specific tools, trappings, and devices. Obvious are what a doctor or policeman or newspaper reporter use and keep at the ready to do their jobs. In his book, Batting Rocks over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey, writer Lawn Griffiths moves from his litany of essays about seasons and farm operations in the 1950s and 1960s to many of the peculiar and job-spe . . .

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Risk Taking

When Lawn Griffiths was growing up in Iowa, the local radio stations often reported on grim accidents that took the lives of farmers. It was common and sobering to hear about farmers being killed or savagely injured in machinery accidents or from falls from silos or their being trampled by fierce, raging bulls. Mere survival itself was a quest of farming in decades past—ensuring not only sur . . .

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Livestock

 

Farm kids typically don’t know when there weren’t animals around them. Dogs and cats commonly are the first to nudge or lick a toddler, and in no time, developing children meet calves, pigs, cows, horses, lambs, goats, ducks, geese, guinea hens, and the menagerie goes on and on.

The critters and livestock roamed the farm where writer Lawn Griffiths grew up in Grundy County, Io . . .