To Kate: Our Rural Community’s Beloved ‘Mother Teresa’

Pictured from left is Hobie Morris with Kate and Ken.

The Musings of a Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

If nobody smiled and nobody cheered and nobody helped us along

If each every minute looked after himself and good things all went to the strong

If nobody cared just a little […]

‘Hooks’ and ‘Snake’ from Madison County to the ‘Bigs’

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

…We took turns at the plate using a flat stone for home plate and the barn door for the catcher…there were generally enough farm boys to make up a team….

(Brookfield, NY -March 2013) Colorful nicknames were once plentiful in turn of the 20th Century […]

A Farmer’s Wife

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – March 2013) This community recently paid tribute to the life and times of Helen Owens—a farmer’s wife. Helen was a widely loved farmer’s wife for most of her adult life. With a courageous and indomitable will and spirit she lived on into […]

Fracking: Looking at the Big Picture

The Musings of a Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Feb. 2013) This simple country man respectfully disagrees with family friend poet Robert Frost’s observation that “the land was ours before we were the land’s.”

In A. B. Guthrie Jr. epic award winning series of books on the opening and development of […]

Dunking For The Lord: A New Name In Glory

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY) Members of the Baptist Church…on account of muddy roads the baptism…will be in Beaver Creek in the village instead of Gorton Lake. Brookfield Courier, Sept. 10, 1921.

On May 1 a very important ceremony took place in our venerable rural Madison County Baptist […]

Penny Power

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

One is not born into the World to do everything but to do something. -Henry David Thoreau

(Nov. 2012) It is my lucky day. I find two pennies! I spot the first one in the Hannaford parking lot in Clinton; the other that evening on […]

The Forgotten Sambucus: Nature’s Fall Jewels

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Oct. 2012) Our hunt for the sambucus begins on a cool late spring day. Like a ped­igreed bird dog searching for game, our old Ford truck slowly noses its way down mostly forgotten dirt roads and other country byways.

Two sets of […]

To the Brookfield Town Board

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Sept. 2012) Councilman Clint Abrams has graciously consented to read into the public record our opinions (not necessarily Mr. Abrams’) on the proposed drilling moratorium presently under discussion in Brookfield. My comments will be brief and hopefully of some interest. (My family […]

A Civil War Story

 

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Feb. 2012) This is a war story that has many unusual twists and turns. It’s a story you’ll never read in Civil War histories. It begins, and ends in 19th Century Central New York. The story is about two men […]

How Cold Is It, Kate?

 

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Jan. 2012) Recently a lifelong Brookfielder had heard via the grapevine that I’m writing an article about the severity of this area’s often Arctic-like winters. He said when he was a boy growing up in the 1950s there was one […]

Model ‘T’ for Two: Backing Up to Go Forward

 

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY) “It was a magic carpet, bumping over rough roads when the ruts were deep and -whizzing along when they were smooth, dry and dusty.” —Kansas City Star

Sometime early in the last century a small black automobile slowly backs up the […]