Monday, March 2, 2015

Agrarian Art ~ Gene Logsdon

"As a working definition of art, I lean toward Tolstoy's: "Art is a human activity having for it's purpose the transmission to other of the highest and best feelings to which mankind has risen." It seems to me that, regarding agrarian art, the farther it moves away from the natural world, especially when the main goal is money profits, the more difficult it becomes for it to reflect "the highest and best feelings" of humanity. The same is true of, of course, of agriculture itself. The farther it tries to remove itself from nature in search of money, the more it moves away from the highest and healthiest kinds of food.” 

~ Gene Logsdon




More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Logsdon

Artwork from Jan Ritchie http://www.artweeks.org/galleries/2014/jan-ritchie-woa

Friday, February 13, 2015

Frame our Lives ~ Parker J. Palmer

“If we lived close to nature in an agricultural society, the seasons as metaphor and fact would continually frame our lives. But the master metaphor of our era does not come from agriculture - it comes from manufacturing. We do not believe that we 'grow' our lives - we believe that we 'make' them. Just listen to how we use the word in everyday speech: we make time, make friends, make meaning, make money, make a living, make love.”

~ Parker J. Palmer


More at http://www.couragerenewal.org/parker/

Artwork from Rob Barnes http://www.robbarnesart.co.uk/index.html

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Agrarian Adventure ~ 'The Jones Family'

"Just like most of you, I am passionate about education.  Not just the type that happens in a desk or at a kitchen table, but also the kind that comes by observing creation.  No matter where we come from, what we believe, or who we think we are, we are impacted by and make an impact on the environment in which we live..... However, some struggle to make this green connection.  Urban lifestyles, limited resources, and a lack of knowledge stop many from finding an agricultural teaching model.  Today, with an increase in urban and small scale gardening opportunities, every homeschooler (or public school parent) can include a significant portion of agrarian adventure in their child’s life."

~ The Jones Family



More at  https://modernexodus.wordpress.com
Picture from http://blog.freshharvestga.com

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Harmonious Families ~ Willa Cather

“One realizes that even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life, which is the one we can observe in our neighbour’s household, and, underneath, another – secret and passionate and intense – which is the real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our friends. Always in his mind each member of these social units is escaping, running away, trying to break the net which circumstances and his own affections have woven about him. One realizes that human relationships are the tragic necessity of human life; that they can never be wholly satisfactory, that every ego is half the time greedily seeking them, and half the time pulling away from them. In those simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day . . .” 

~ Willa Cather



More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willa_Cather

Artwork from Edward Bawden  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bawden

Friday, January 16, 2015

Real Income ~ Ed Begley Jr

“I saw all the people hustling early in the morning to go into the factories and the stores and the office buildings, to do their job, to get their check. But ultimately it’s not office buildings or jobs that give us our checks. It’s the soil. The soil is what gives us the real income that supports us all.”

~ Ed Begley Jr.



More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Begley,_Jr.
Artwork by Giuliana Lazzerini  http://www.giulianalazzerini.com/about/

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Now is the Time ~ Marie Curie

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

~ Marie Curie




Artwork from  Ele Willoughby

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Next Year ~ Arnold Bennett


“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”

― Arnold Bennett


More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Bennett

Artwork from Jane LaFazio http://janelafazio.com/

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