One of my favorite authors, Wendell Berry, has just been awarded the Dayton Peace Prize. Berry is an septagenarien who has been writng poems and stories for a very long time. He says:
"We are violent in our use of land. ...The most
direct way, which is invariably the most violent way, to get what we
want is the accepted way."
In his writings, he has pointed to strip-mining of mountaintops for
coal, clearing forests for timber and putting chemicals into the soil
for agriculture. He took part in a 2011 sit-in at the Kentucky
governor's office in protest of strip-mining.
"As a poet and fiction writer, my goal was to write a good poem and
tell a good story. That's complex enough. A lot of knowledge, a lot of
study, a lot of work goes into that, I have as a storyteller, and somewhat as a poet, been
stuck with the story of the decline of rural life in all its aspects
during my lifetime" He is a fine writer and a very wise man. He deserves this honor.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!