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Lawn Griffiths grew up in a Grundy County farm where batting rocks over the barn had been an idle pastime. He later became a newspaper journalist and farm editor—a career that lasted for forty years. He had a popular weekly farm column, “Rural at Random,” in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (then called Waterloo Daily Courier) during the 1970s. Griffiths has also won 80 writing and community service awards. One of them was the 2008 Arizona Interfaith Movement Golden Rule Media Award.

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Lawn Griffiths Writer’s block, for me, comes with fatigue and the stress of trying to keep up with the daunting demands beyond the keyboard. My years of writing have…moreWriter’s block, for me, comes with fatigue and the stress of trying to keep up with the daunting demands beyond the keyboard. My years of writing have led to a trust in my brain to respond in tough moments of thought. Somehow and somewhere out of the bowels of the cranium emerges the word or the combination of words I need. Sometimes I will deliver words to a manuscript that I know are not quite right and that in the forthcoming sweeps through it, in editing, they can be fixed and rectified and rewritten to be right. It comes down to a trust that the incredible mind will come through. (less)
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Once a month, a big truck arrived at the farm in Grundy County, Iowa, where writer Lawn Griffiths was growing up in the 1960s. It was from Big Gain Feeds from West Union. In his book, Batting Rocks Over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey, Griffiths tells how important the specialized livestock feeds were for the hogs, cattle, and chickens on the farm. They provided the essential nutrients fo...

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BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN by Lawn Griffiths
“A common farm expression was, “If you don’t have anything else to do, you can fix fence.” Fences are like friendships. They need constant maintenance to keep them up.”
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BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN by Lawn Griffiths
“Winter’s continuum – its prolonged and erratic way of mingling pleasant days with cheerless weeks – holds farm activities in somber check until that season finally breaks its hold.”
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“My father believed all children had work potential, no matter how young they were. Play was okay for town kids, he’d say, but country youth had to learn responsibility. More importantly, their labor was genuinely needed.”
Lawn Griffiths, BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey

“Off across the dark fields from spring to late fall, farmers break the blackness with lighted machinery – ever mindful of the caprice of weather that could make that night work the only guarantee for crucial field work to be done on schedule.”
Lawn Griffiths, BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey

“Each one of use carries his own baggage, the baggage of his past, the record of his experiences and deeds, his foibles and his minor triumphs. It’s all there in the every-heavier baggage we bear through life.”
Lawn Griffiths, BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey

“My father believed all children had work potential, no matter how young they were. Play was okay for town kids, he’d say, but country youth had to learn responsibility. More importantly, their labor was genuinely needed.”
Lawn Griffiths, BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey

“Off across the dark fields from spring to late fall, farmers break the blackness with lighted machinery – ever mindful of the caprice of weather that could make that night work the only guarantee for crucial field work to be done on schedule.”
Lawn Griffiths, BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey

“Each one of use carries his own baggage, the baggage of his past, the record of his experiences and deeds, his foibles and his minor triumphs. It’s all there in the every-heavier baggage we bear through life.”
Lawn Griffiths, BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey

“The hungry boy on a farm may not be able to get into the cookie jar at times, but it’s hard to keep him out of the garden.”
Lawn Griffiths, BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey

“Winter’s continuum – its prolonged and erratic way of mingling pleasant days with cheerless weeks – holds farm activities in somber check until that season finally breaks its hold.”
Lawn Griffiths, BATTING ROCKS OVER THE BARN: An Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey




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