Until I feel up to a real post, here’s a few Wyoming wildflowers Tom snapped for me on one of his hikes. Enjoy.
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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.
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I love that part of the country in the summer.
Glad to see you still have your feet up relaxing, blog post writing-wise. 🙂
Hi Gigi! Sometimes, one needs a break, at least from one thing in her life. :b
Thank goodness you’re taking a break! It shows you’re human after all! That recent blog about how you manage to fit so much in was kind of exhausting. El, thanks so much for the book recommendations you posted somewhere here. I’m enjoying them and learning so much.
Don’t think I ever told you how your banner makes me smile every time I come here. Such a big chick and such tiny flowers…must be some kind of magic going on. Enjoyed the peek at your husband’s art, also. Couldn’t help but think that surely all that you do that creates such good food must surely also help feed his creativity. Maybe not, maybe he had that talent before you were in the picture but I still like the thought. I also enjoy your sidebar…the one now and the one about how farmers should have to plant naked. So true.
All this to say while understanding the need for a break, I really enjoy what you do here. I learn, I laugh, I get inspired and you know what? It’s a break for me. kinda funny, isn’t it?
Enjoy your break, El. Having one less thing to do always feels really good to me and I hope it does for you, too.
Aww, Jeri, you are quite welcome. Geez I thought that food preservation post was supposed to encourage you all: look, I had time to swim AND catch bugs too. Perhaps I am just slightly food-mad, no?
K: Thank you! Sorry my break has taken away your own break (snort)! I would like to think these victuals help the boy, and maybe it is true. It’s another outlet for creativity for me, though, this cooking. I think much of the sadness in the world has something to do with a lack of creative outlets (regardless of circumstances). We are a tinkering species, right? Anyway, I think I am back…though those weeds are mighty tall out there so we shall see!