The Taoist story of the old farmer

When my candidate loses an election like this, I feel like Al Gore in 2000: I want to sit on the couch, drink beer, eat pizza, grow my beard, and wonder what the hell happened.

While it feels horrible now, Al Gore turned his lemon into lemonade. He works with Apple and Google, is pursuing his passion in environmental activism, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

All of which makes me think of this old Taoist story.

Farmers plowing a field in Palmer, Alaska

One of the little known things about Alaska — Palmer in particular — is that there is a lot of farming in Alaska. This photo promotes the Antique Power Club’s annual “Plow Day” event. The photo comes from the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Facebook page. (Personally, I loved looking at the snow-covered mountains as I rode my bicycle around the farms.)