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Blog Watch: Sabbath and Wendell Berry in Class

That day, designed by the whole class, included a number of Sabbath appropriate activities: no technology; natural and candle-light instead of fluorescent lighting; festive attire; food (bagels and cream cheese, of course!); song; private meditation; expressions of gratitude; and communal text study.

The text? This, by Wendell Berry, from A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979 – 1997:

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.


Blog Watch: Reflections around a Quotable Wendell Berry

When I sat down this morning to write my first post for this blog, I meant to focus on eating bugs — who eats bugs, why don’t we eat more bugs, why does it gross us out… recipes? I don’t know. But instead, this came out:

“There’s a type of cruelty that is inescapable; every person lives at the expense of another creature. We are not going to live to be innocent in our use of the world.”

This was an off-the-cuff quote from writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry who spoke in Floyd, VA, during Biological Woodsmen Week in late November.

via The OIRED Blog

Wendell Berry at Yale December 7

Poet, novelist, philosopher, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer Wendell Berry will present the next Chubb Fellowship Lecture as a guest of Timothy Dwight College and the Yale Sustainable Food Project (YSFP).

Join us for a public conversation with Wendell Berry at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7th.

A pioneering and influential advocate for change, Berry has spent more than 50 years helping to shape the movements for agricultural and ecological sustainability. His poetry and essays flow from the rich agrarian tradition of American writing, and Berry’s relationship to his Kentucky farm has been compared to that of Thoreau’s to the forest — a place that nurtures his thinking about the value of physical labor, self-sufficiency, and communities of people living in harmony with the natural world.

via Clearinghouse for Environmental Course Material

The event will apparently be streaming at this site on Saturday.

Blog Watch: Wendell Berry, Edward Abbey, H. D. Thoreau and ...

Over the weekend I was reading Wendell's What Are People For? and came across the essay "A Few Words in Favor of Edward Abbey" and was instantly an Abbey fan.  The next day I goggled (yes, goggled) Abbey and came across his essay "Down the River with Henry Thoreau."  I enjoyed the progression (or would it be a regression) from Berry to Abbey to Thoreau.  Now if someone would just write a "With Wendell Berry" essay...
So at this point in my life I have read a sum total of one piece by Edward Abbey and I am now a lifelong fan.  I was also inspired.  Reading Berry's analysis of Abbey and Abbey's sublime analysis of Thoreau (whom I secretly hate) I found myself longing to have been an accomplished author ages ago.  I wished my life away to the point where I could look back and say "yes, I am a prolific and successful writer; one who has found his voice and told his stories."  I'm almost 40.  I could be at that point now.  I'm not now, but I will be.

Wendell and Mary Berry will speak at Young Farmers Conference

On Thursday, December 5, Wendell Berry and Mary Berry (of The Berry Center) will be presenting the Keynote Conversation at the National Young Farmers Conference in Pocantico Hills, NY.

Every December, over 250 beginning farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations at the National Young Farmers Conference: Reviving the Culture of Agriculture. On December 4-6, 2013, Stone Barns Center will host the 6th annual National Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and more than 65 unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, marketing, and more.

See also THIS.