Blog: Matt Reese

Wood-fired philosophy

The frost in the ground, a chill in the air,

A winter woods has a way of erasing your cares.

Especially with the laborious task to perform,

Of cutting up firewood to keep your house warm.

A flash of a songbird, a worn down deer trail,

A layer of ice over a woodland swale,

Hard work, sweat, muscles get sore,

With the resulting warmth well worth the chore,

Hardwood and fire and smoke and a saw,

The rustle of oak leaves that have yet to fall —

They’ve all been replaced with a thermostat on the wall.

We’ve gained so much convenience, but what have we lost?

There is a gain, but at what cost?

Can electricity or propane and technology,

Replace the good of a day spent among trees?

In the end, are we really ahead,

With fast food, email and store bought bread?

It is easy to turn up the heat and just write a check,

But sometimes I wonder if easy is best.

We have choices now to do what we would,

Yet hard work, labor and challenge are good,

So as for me, I’ll be out in the woods.



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Author: Matt Reese

I grew up on a small farm in northwest Ohio and spent most of my youth writing, doodling, taking pictures, reading and exploring the surrounding farmland. With a family full of teachers, I also grew up around a culture supportive of education. I was active in athletics in high school before graduating from Ohio State University where I studied agricultural communications. This led to my career in agricultural journalism.

I continue to work on the family Christmas tree farm in Hancock County. I married my wonderful wife, Kristin, in 2002. We live on a small farm in Fairfield County with sheep, rabbits and chickens. We have a daughter Campbell Miriam who was born in the fall of 2007 and a son Parker Matthew born in August of 2009. We are active in our local church and with numerous other organizations. I help with the agricultural program at Ohio Christian University in Circleville as well.

I have worked for Ohio’s Country Journal since 1999. I also write a column for numerous newspapers around Ohio, Fresh Country Air and do freelance writing and photography work. I have written and self-published six books to date. To find my books, visit and search for “Matt Reese.”

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