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Wisdom from the sage
"We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it."
--from an essay in "The Long-Legged House"
"The word agriculture, after all, does not mean "agriscience," much less "agribusiness." It means "cultivation of land." And cultivation is at the root of the sense both of culture and of cult. The ideas of tillage and worship are thus joined in culture. And these words all come from an Indo-European root meaning both "to revolve" and "to dwell." To live, to survive on the earth, to care for the soil, and to worship, all are bound at the root to the idea of a cycle. It is only by understanding the cultural complexity and largeness of the concept of agriculture that we can see the threatening diminishments implied by the term "agribusiness."
"Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating."
--both the above are from essays in "The Art of the Commonplace: Agrarian Essays"
Is this so hard to believe?
"An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor, or Ba'al, or The Golden Calf. As has been said before, we are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further," Richard Dawkins, 2002.
Have a good time — you deserve it after all that laborious garden work!
I’m amazed that you work 40-50 hours, farm, raise kids, and maintain a relationship with your spouse! It’s amazing! (though I did read your post on complaining – even though you chose it, it doesn’t make it any less amazing!)
Our tomatoes aren’t near ready, but when they are, I’m excited to make some sauces. I don’t know that I have the discipline to can – the freezer works so well. I’m reading more and more blogs where people can, though… perhaps I should suck it up and give it a try.
Congratulations on your husband’s publishing. My significant other is in the business of getting publications accepted, and I know it’s exciting to be successful. (And Harper’s! That, too, is amazing.)
I’m going to go before I use the word “amazing” again…
Gigi: Thanks! I liked not having to think about the blog for a couple of days. Not that I got anything else accomplished.
Daisy, you are so sweet. Freezing works great too and the only disadvantage I can see with freezing is it requires forethought to thaw the stuff, oh and space, which is really at a premium in our freezer right now! But yes, don’t feel like you “need” to can unless you want to. Thanks for the kudos to the hubby on his book. I am proud, yep, mainly because his work is pretty cool. I will keep you all posted on new projects as the guy seems to always have something up his sleeve.