At January’s Farm Tech 2010 in Edmonton we were treated to a very heartfelt portrayal of thankfulness from a Newfoundlander who was grateful for prairie farmers. Rex Murphy, host of Cross Country Check-up was the guest story-teller on the podium. He admitted he was feeling under the weather, but another audience member who had heard […]
Since June 1, 2009 I have been on a wellness journey to shed 30 pounds, feel better and have more energy. I am happy to report that I feel a lot better, and look healthier, 30 pounds lighter. A lot of folks are curious about what worked for me, so here are some tips:
Recently my hubby and I watched Peter Walsh, Life Organization expert “strip down” a family of four who were highly stressed, eating poorly, living in clutter, and only communicating via electronics. Wes’s question at the end was, “What was the stay at home mom doing all day?” Exactly.
We were sitting in convention workshop under the direction of Bruce Sellery, the founder of Moolala, when he asked the question, “What does money mean to you?” He expected us to answer. I said, “adventure and giving”. Another woman said “freedom”. I would be curious to hear your answer. Our values and attitudes towards money […]
I was depressed once—with a capital “D”—and I never want to be that sick again. I got professional help, and I’m thankful I did.
If you’ve got a son or daughter ready to take over the farm, let them move into the farm house—if they want to—and you can move out As a mediator, I’ve seen some pretty dumb agreements about the home yard. When you are deciding to move away, or build a second home on the property, […]
Dear Farm Families, Tonight we are waiting for a blizzard to blow in to our farm. I have been working on coaching farm families by phone today. Folks just like you who are stuck with not knowing how to get the change they so desparately want to see. You’ll note on the date of this […]
Sometimes a short conversation lights a huge fire of controversy, and this column may create a few sparks, so please read carefully all the way to the end.
Most decisions are emotional, not rational. Take stock of your emotional intelligence, and see where your emotional limitations are hampering the farm business. Pierrette Desrosiers has a very powerful message for farmers. “If you can’t manage your emotions, your emotions will manage you,” she says.
GLEANINGS ON FARM SUCCESSION October 5, 2009 Late in August I attended the 2009 International Succession Conference in Quebec City. Why would I leave the farm when harvest was just beginning? In order to get more tools and ideas to help farm families work through the tough issues of transferring the farm to the next […]