Every ten years I take a sabbatical for a year. This one was different. In November of 2009 my wife Frances and I made the decision to leave our home of almost 30 years in Thousand Oaks, California and move to Garden City, Idaho. We live on a farm. An old piece of family property that was no longer being used for anything other than to store a life time's worth of memories for my 86 year old father-in-law. The 1937 F-12 FarmAll Tractor (above, right) only a small part of his memories. The three barns (he calls them sheds) contain the rest.
As I come up toward the end of my sabbatical in November, I am going to be sharing some of the lessons I learned living in an unfamiliar place, a place out of the mainstream, a place that is full of peace, happiness and unexpected challenges to my previous experiences.