First in this thread of not-so-much thought as speculation and consideration, comes the Healing Harvest Forest Foundation public event in Floyd on Friday. Notwithstanding the disappointment hearing so little from Wendell Berry, the speakers successfully communicated the fact that their work as “restorative foresters” is not exclusively to make a profit from but also to honor and perpetuate the forest and the role it plays in the health of the community. “You can’t have a healthy human community if you don’t honor your soil …

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None of the 100 directions my brain is going this morning seem suitable for a 300 word blog post. And so I resort to the thousand words a picture can conjure–in this case, one from last October’s Land Trust photo-sessions in Grayson County. This shot was a peripheral–not intended for the piece we hoped to produce on the donation of land along the New River. But it grabbed my eye, more for the shadow than for the light, the way the umbra of a …

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I can be gratified, I suppose, that anyone half my age is thinking about what it means to belong to or in a place and why that matters, taking guidance from the South’s Mr. Wendell Berry. It is especially a comfort and blessing when that someone who finds his own nameless creek is your son, now living in Missouri. Excerpt below is from Nathan’s blog, People’s Green. Some of you will understand his wondering and wandering and want to read it all. …I realize …

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