Sacred Days and Desecrated Days

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There are no unsacred places; There are only sacred places And desecrated places. – from “How to Be a Poet” by Wendell Berry This year during Thanksgiving there were a number of stores having sales on Thursday already. This prompted a friend of mine to ask, “Is nothing sacred?” This is an oft-heard complaint about […]















The Peace of Wild Things

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This is a well known poem of Wendell Berry’s. I have wanted to avoid some of his more well known works, but they are still so full of meaning and poignance for me that I cannot ignore them. This one is short. So, I will quote the whole thing. When despair for the world grows […]















The Presence of Absence

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This poem is too short to quote from and make any sense. So, I will quote the whole thing. “The Want of Peace” from Openings (1968) by Wendell Berry All goes back to the earth, and so I do not desire pride of excess or power, but the contentments made by men who have had […]















The Dream

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I have dreams when I am sleeping that I cannot understand and are not publishable for a family audience. I also have dreams for my life and the world, visions of the way things should be. In the poem “The Dream” from Openings (1968) by Wendell Berry the poet imagines the convergence of both kinds […]















The Ego and the Eco

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The Humanure Handbook has a short-ish chapter entitled “Deep Shit” that touches on the convergence of humanure and spirituality. The author begins with a story about an invitation to speak at a convent. He was surprised that more than just composting the nuns were interested in humanure. “Somehow, I couldn’t imagine standing in a room […]















Greenhouses for Easter

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I recently posted about my experiment at the farm creating a greenhouse heated only by rabbits and vermicompost. ‘Tis the season for bunnies, Easter and all. The gospel is something very earthy for me, so it always seems that there must be some connections here. We have some cheesy Christian children’s books that talk about […]















Labor Day

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For most people Labor Day just means the official end of summer and a nice long weekend to take the boat out on the lake one last time. Ironically, the people we should most be celebrating and remembering today, the men and women who do the back breaking work that keeps this countries capitalist wheels […]