I try to check in on The Slate (linked at right) every few days. They have a nice mix of politics, arts, science, and random lifestyle features by talented writers. One of my favorites is John Katz, who writes in every now and then with dispatches from his farm in upstate New York, where he tends to an eccentric menagerie of donkeys, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs, ponies, and one very smart cow. Links to his earlier essays are at the end of the article. He seems like a good guy.