Posts in category "Rural land"

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 17

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 17
It’s warm again on Thursday. Melting warm. The jagged edges of the ice floes are coated with dirt. Understandable I guess, being right on the edge of a large city, but it seems incongruous on Lake Michigan – this amazing natural phenomenon. I was standing there admiring the patterns in the ice when I noticed footprints... Read more »

Blizzard Living: City Style and Country Style in Photographs

Blizzard Living: City Style and Country Style in Photographs
Blizzard living slows us down. Whether city style or country style, space and place transform. Possibility opens up. There’s mystery in the change. It’s a commonplace to say so, and yet, whenever big snowfall happens, the feeling returns anew. I’ve been relishing the transformation while it’s fresh and clean. In a few days, plows and... Read more »

Over the River and Through the Wood: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage and Gratitude

Over the River and Through the Wood: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage and Gratitude
As I make my Thanksgiving trek – over the river and through the wood (such as it is), I’m thinking about pilgrimage and gratitude. I think about the idealism of that song, the aspirations we hold in our hearts as we plan our gatherings. And I think about courage in the face of adversity. Thanksgiving,... Read more »
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Homemade Help on Halloween - and raisins

Homemade Help on Halloween - and raisins
I was about 7 when I ‘went’ as the cowardly lion in a homemade Halloween costume. And the part that matters is that my mom helped me make my tail. I grew up in the country on an old farm with a yard that was pure mud for the first years my parents owned it.... Read more »

Self-immolation, Land Use and Public Discourse in rural China

Self-immolation, Land Use and Public Discourse in rural China
Self-immolation is on the increase in rural China. That’s according to a recent article in the New York Times. I was stunned by this news. It set me thinking about land use and public discourse and human connection to place. Would you burn yourself up if they were going to take away your land? That’s... Read more »

A Short History of America

A Short History of America
In honor of the 4th of July, I offer this, from the great cartoonist R. Crumb. Crumb drew “A Short History of America” in 1979. It shows an urban landscape gradually obliterating a single wilderness scene. Later, Crumb added three possible scenarios to the question posed in the final panel: “What Next?”. He drew a... Read more »
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Les Blank's films of people and place

I had the honor this weekend of seeing Les Blank’s superb film which title I cannot name. A legal falling out with the musician who’s the subject of the film means that the film can only be shown when Blank is present, and without publicizing the title nor subject. Weird, huh. But the upshot of... Read more »