Month: March 2018

The Circle

Moving to a new home is transformative for a child. Being torn away from one farm and resettled in another farm carried both pain and new adventure for Lawn Griffiths, author of Batting Rocks over the Barn—An Iowa Farm Boy’s Legacy.

It was March 1954 when his parents pulled up roots from an uncle’s farm near Polk City, Iowa, and moved to a farm 100 miles to the northeast in G . . .


Farm Music

Writer Lawn Griffiths has looked back on his formative years on an Iowa farm and cannot forget the music. His father, Paul, would get out his harmonica on the front step of the house and play “Red Wing” or “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain” or “Home Sweet Home.” Their dog, Buddy, would howl incessantly to the music.

Griffiths, who recalls his farm days in the book Bat . . .

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Pheasant Hunters

Come fall, strangers often drove into the Grundy County farm driveway of writer Lawn Griffiths in the years he was growing up. It was pheasant hunting season, and the Griffiths farm had some of the best habitat for the Chinese ring-necked pheasant. The author of Batting Rock Over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey remembers how pheasant season open . . .

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Work Clothes

A T-shirt, blue jeans, and sturdy work shoes were the standard wear during the 1950s and 1960s for writer Lawn Griffiths when he was growing up on his Grundy County, Iowa, farm. The apparel was typically ordered from the thick catalogues from Montgomery Ward or Sears and Roebuck. His mother always had to do a double order to cover Lawn’s twin brother, Lincoln . . .