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WB's poetry included in Indiana event | Indiana Daily Student |.
Music, dance, puppets and pie will come together to entertain the Bloomington community Saturday at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Malcolm Dalglish’s “The Welcome Table” will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the event are $18 and $25. ...

A decade of collaboration will bring Dalglish, Smiley and Joshua Kartes on stage as the vocal ensemble the Ooolites. Dalglish said their contemporary vocals replicate that of village folk singing around the world, including loud strong harmonies. He also said the event will include stories of winter told through choreographed dance and Wendell Berry poetry about land and nature. READ MORE ...

Blog Watch: Reading WB's "Bringing It to the Table"

Citizen Reader: Wendell Berry..
All week I hve been reading Wendell Berry's essay collection titled Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food. It's not a long book, only about 230 pages or so, but reading Wendell Berry always takes me some time. Or rather, I should say, I need to take my time when reading Wendell Berry, because there's only so much of his writing that I can take at a time. That is because reading him is always inspirational, humbling, and scary. And that's a lot to take in while reading. READ MORE ...

Flourish on WB's "Gift": Johnson

Allen Johnson on Wendell Berry's the Gift of Good Land — Flourish.
Wendell Berry’s vision is profound and prophetic. Another, earlier prophet, Micah, said that what God requires of us is to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Berry fleshes this out in “The Gift of Good Land.”

Berry implicitly chastises the deadly dualism that is gnawing like termites at much of the Christian Church. A disembodied, neo-Gnostic, heavenly escapist theology governs churchly life, while the earthly Christian life is subsumed by materialism, human hubris, and individualism. READ MORE ...

Blog Watch: "A letter to Wendell Berry"

Dear Mr. Berry,

Thanks for your new book, Imagination in Place. I bought it at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont, yesterday.

An independent bookseller first introduced me to your poems and essays in high school in the early 1980s. She asked what sort of stuff I was reading at the time (remember when booksellers used to mingle with browsers and ask such questions—particularly of aimless-looking teenagers?), and, like a physician, prescribed you for my suburban soul. I have always been grateful to her for that. I bought two books that day and have been rereading them ever since: The Wheel and Recollected Essays. I am also grateful to say that your ideas hit me early enough to help form the way I have lived my life since then. Well, at least a little bit.


Blog Watch: "Whitefoot" at bedtime

Children’s Book of the Week: Whitefoot « World of Julie.
Oh boy is this ever a Henry book. I grabbed it from the library because it’s by Wendell Berry, and about a mouse, and didn’t really pay any attention to what it was until we sat down to read it as a before-bed chapter book. Eli lasted about two pages before declaring he was ready to sleep, so Henry and Zuzu and I read on. READ MORE ...

Blog Watch: "After you, my dear Alphonse!"

The Art of the Rural seems to be a new blog with a very clear and ambitious agenda, and it has just delivered some very kind words about this site, "Mr. Wendell Berry of Kentucky." Thank you very much, Matthew.

Here is the turf that The Art of the Rural means to claim:

This site works to gather a variety of perspectives on the state of rural arts and culture in American life. Though the internet offers many outstanding individual sites for arts organizations, artists and media outlets, I haven't found a location that attempts to bring all these places into conversation, to present the wider bandwidth of arts activity in rural America. READ MORE ...

This could be ... I mean, already is ... well worth keeping an eye on. May your own good work flourish, Matthew!

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Blog Watch: Oregon farm seeking a farmer journeyman

be a farmer journeyman in oregan « the irresistible fleet of bicycles.
We are in search of a full-time employee who will work primarily with Zoë on the farm (see job description below), and who might also be employed by Valley Flora for bi-weekly produce deliveries. The job will begin Spring 2010 (ideally early April). Ideally, we are looking for someone who wants to make a minimum two-year commitment to the farm and would prefer someone who could make at least a three-year commitment. READ MORE ...

Blog Watch: WB on the importance of the scale of place

The Local Church: God’s People Working Out of Love « A Rocha USA.
The right place is where people meet on a manageable scale with the restorative power of divine love. I will begin this section with a lengthy quote from Wendell Berry in his article, Word and Flesh:

“The question that must be addressed, therefore, is not how to care for the planet, but how to care for each of the planet’s millions of human and natural neighborhoods, each of its millions of small pieces and parcels of land, each one which is in some precious way different from all the others. Our understandable wish to preserve the planet must somehow be reduced to the scale of our competence—that is, to the wish to preserve all of its humble households and neighborhoods. READ MORE ...