Contrary Countryman’s writings

Gene GeRue was born in 1936, tractored in Wisconsin, soldiered in Japan, studied in California colleges, owned and operated a San Francisco East Bay real estate business, taught at a community college, sensed impending burnout, researched the U.S., found his ideal place in 1976 and moved there in 1983. He is the author of How To Find Your Ideal Country Home and the inventor of the chicken moat.

We live in interesting times. Prices of food and energy are up and down but certainly will be more up than down over the coming decades. For those who depend on the government to keep life good, disappointment is certain. For those who look to themselves as independent, productive people in charge of their lives, there is much fulfillment to look forward to. This blog is for those who aim for the fully-lived life, expecting change, being prepared for change, exulting in challenge and life success.

A Writer’s View

“When sitting at the computer I have only to look slightly left to see a substantial part of my rural kingdom.”

(The above was written several years ago. We’ve since built an addition which includes my writing studio, but the comparative window placement and view are exactly the same . . . I do like looking at my kingdom.)

Soil mineralization beyond NPK

“Organic gardeners know about soil replenishment beyond nitrogen, phosphorous and potash.”

Monsters among us

“The modern corporate model is the Mafia.”

Finding home with the first move

“Since moving from California to the Ozarks many years ago I have talked to and read about hundreds of urban refugees whose first move was to the wrong place..”

Spouses working together at home

“There’s a new rumble in the land.”

The Kitchen Garden

“Nobody enjoys fresher food or a more satisfying vision from the kitchen window than those who keep a kitchen garden.”

Finding old-fashioned community

“If you seek traditional community then flee the city, escape the suburb.”

Country Neighbors

“If you can’t use your neighbors, what’re they good for?”
Farrell Berry, 92-year-old, self-described “hillbilly dirt farmer