Christopher Shockey lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, where before on-line streaming, JPR Classics and News was the only radio station he and his family could capture. It played from atop the refrigerator all day, and he heard Carol Barrett and Hank Henry’s As It Was each morning. Shockey has been a long-time JPR contributor and enjoys supporting the Southern Oregon Historical Society and JPR by digging up regional stories. His days are a chaotic combination of parenting, day job, and dealing with whatever the climate and a homestead in the forest flings his way. Every day is different. Christopher can be found with his wife Kirsten, watering, mucking stalls, preserving harvests, making cheese, cleaning, dancing on the porch, planting trees, chopping firewood, hiking, reading, or writing. At the end of the day they go to bed exhausted and knowing life is good.