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October 2, 2018

“I’m just saying. It’s a complicated situation, that’s all.” Page 268

I hope this book sticks with me in my memory. It is one of the most complicated and beautiful books I’ve read this year. There is so much to ponder and so many different sides to consider. This book f...

September 27, 2018

Wendell Berry has this quote in an interview he did with Bill Moyer:

"I'm not going to do any extensive damage here until I know what it is you're asking of me. And this can't be hurried."

This means to me:  I'm not going to do work until I know what work I have to do. A...

September 13, 2018

Hayden seems to be at his work, or in it, as it seems to be in him, all the time... When I am talking with him, he is entirely present to me as the poet he is. When I am reading him, I am hearing his voice.” - Wendell Berry - “Imagination in Place,” page 61

In other wo...

September 4, 2018

It was all about showing up.”[1]

This book focuses on the wolf reintroduction into Yellowstone Park. It does so by following a wolf and her surrounding pack members, documenting her story. She is 0-Six, an alpha female and founder of the Lamar pack. By following 0-Six,...

August 23, 2018

…that day began our life’s work of being friends.” Wendell Berry – Imagination in Place, page 112

Wendell Berry has always written well about friendship. You can see this in his novels about Port William and in his essays. In his essay titled “In Memory: James Baker Ha...

August 21, 2018

If you would like to understand poor white folk, read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Many people from numerous ethnicities call poor white folk things like: Hillbilly, White Trash, Cracker, Redneck, Hick, Trailer Trash and so on. We do this because of a lack of underst...

July 3, 2018

“He recorded that he had killed five mallards and five bald eagles in one day – a curious triumph for the Father of His Country.”[1]

The above quote isn’t the only thing that surprised me about this book. I love biographies, especially if the author speaks of the good t...

May 24, 2018

I want to endure to maturity.
I want to last until my life becomes solid as the rock I stand on.

I want my imagination to extend beyond myself and the generations I might impact.

This is slow work.
This work takes affection as well as imagination.
A reworking of wha...

April 12, 2018

“The universe is wider than our views of it.” – Henry David Thoreau (Walden, page 369)

I have always been struck by the vastness of this earth. I was more amazed as a young boy but in 2014 my imagination was struck again when the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went down....

April 3, 2018

I recently drove from Nashville to Seattle. While driving through Kansas I was reminded that I love L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” I passed plenty of billboards that told me I was getting closer to OZ Museum of Wamego, Kansas. I didn’t stop by the museum...

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