A Rural Life

“As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration.  I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.”

~John Adams (1735-1826), 2nd President of the United States of America

(Quote Source: quotegarden.com)

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I agree wholeheartedly with John Adams!

Compassionate Viewpoint

“But, to love nature and to hate humanity is illogical. Humanity is part of the whole. To truly love the world is also to love human ingenuity and playfulness. Nature does not need to be cleansed of human artifacts to be beautiful or coherent. Yes, we should be less greedy, untidy, wasteful, and shortsighted. But let us not turn responsibility into self-hatred. Our biggest failing is, after all, lack of compassion for the world. Including ourselves.”

~ David George Haskell,  The Forest Unseen

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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I took this photo in 2014 of a ranch in Wyoming — a setting that seemed such a lovely representation of humans working with and for nature.

Bountiful Crops

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

~Ovid (43BC – 17 AD), Roman Poet

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This is a field of corn yet to be harvested.  When do farm fields rest?  Seems like a simple question, right?  I tried googling this topic and was overwhelmed with the theories and practices on this subject!  While experts agree that it is important for soil to rest, how and when to proceed is a complex process involving weed control, soil testing, fertilizer assessment, potential for grazing, crop analysis…well, perhaps this gives you an idea of the complexity.  I suspect Ovid would be surprised at how much we have learned since back in the day.

I am grateful again for farmers and the work that they do for all of us!