My name is J. Stephen Cleghorn. I was formerly an organic farmer operating a 50-acre certified organic farm and goat dairy in Jefferson County, PA with my late wife Lucinda Hart-Gonzalez who died in November 2011. The farm continues to operate in the hands of tenants and if you are out that way please look them up.They make some great goat cheeses and yogurts and are struggling to make a living at what they love.
You can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/cherishcreamery/?fref=ts
This blog started out as occasional posts about the “fracking” that threatened our farm and will, if not stopped, transform one-half the land mass of Pennsylvania into an industrialized zone to get at shale gas. The blog’s name is taken from the writings of Saint Augustine who believed “Hope” to be the greatest of spiritual gifts. And, says Augustine, Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage. Anger so that what must not be may not be; courage so that what should be can be. Anger and Courage. We will need both in this struggle to defeat the fracking that could lay waste to one-half of Pennsylvania and threaten the water supplies of millions of people.
This blog has evolved over time to reflect on matters beyond fracking, especially on the threat of global warming (of which fracking is only a part), but also matters of politics, faith and family. I hope my readers will find some of these entries useful to your lives and struggles.
Now as I update my “About” I am living in Baltimore and sharing that life with my fiancee Elizabeth Engleman and with nearby children and grandchildren. I am also digging in toe resist the greatest threat that our nation, and in significant ways our word faces – the coming of a Donald Trump Administration.
We need to rise up, my friends and be not afraid. Let’s keep talking. Use social media. Do whatever you can. The suffering will be real and will require resistance. Get ready.