We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation and wildness. David Orr from "Earth in Mind"
Dec 19, 2007
A Good Read
Rare two in one day post but I have to share about the book I am reading. More that I need to share about the author Gary Paul Nahban. The first book of his I read was The Geography of Childhood, a book of essays that he and Stephen Trimble wrote about children in place. It was a cold solitary winter when we were living outside of Mancos. This was years before we were even married or thinking about having children. But the book effected me deeply, it was in part how I became interested in the concept of place, and the importance of rootedness in a person's life. Since that book I have found authors like David Orr, Wendell Berry, Ron Miller and Mary Sojourner.
Then the other day while I was looking for a book online, Coming Home to Eat popped in to my view. It's he take on the importance of local eating and the process of eating within 250 miles of his home in Arizona. Sounds a lot like the Kingsolver book Animal Vegetable Miracle, actually they lived in the same region or years, but his came out in 2002. The point is that as with all his writing I was completely drawn in, and I can't wait until I have a few minutes to pick it up again.