Art Inspired

The first thing you will notice about my new novel, PIG FARM, released just this month, is the front cover.  And then, the shocking back cover.  The provocative art of Amber Hansen has inspired my writing and speaking. It has pushed me to take chances, to...

Pig Farm, The Book Not The Travesty

This date needs no further introduction.  It is the official release date of my new novel, PIG FARM.   FROM THE ENDORSERS: “Parnell’s stories reflect an organic sense of the people, land, water, culture and history of the distinctive Ozarks region.” “Todd Parnell has...

Pig Farm: A Teaser

A teaser.  A heads up. A precursor of things to come. Like the first day of Autumn.  No matter how hot or pleasant, rainy or cold, humid or dry, it says winter is on the horizon. I have a new novel on the horizon too.  Pig Farm.  It is a fictional account...

Our National Regression

As you may have deduced by now, when possible, I like to pick significant family dates within my bi-weekly blog discipline to post.  It grounds me to what’s most important in my life.  This date happens to by my wife Betty’s big number 70. Happy Birthday,...

Places of the Heart

It is only fitting that on the occasion of my daughter Patricia Jean Parnell’s 27th birthday, I write about “places of the heart.”  She certainly has a special one in mine, stealing it at the grand old age of 44, well beyond my wildest dreams of ever...

Naming Rights

On what would have been my parents 72nd wedding anniversary, it is only appropriate to talk about kids' names.  What does this have to do with water quality or environmental stewardship?  You’ll see. My folks named my brother and me after family.  For me...

Why Blog About Environmental Issues?

I was born on this date 71 years ago. Which means it must be time to try something new! At least something new for me. How about a bi-weekly blog which will discuss environmental issues, with a particular focus on water and the Ozarks, and my growing concerns about...