“Overturned Stones” is a new custom for my blog (hopefully a weekly one), in which I will share things that I have found beautiful, thought-provoking, useful, or whatever. Just awesome stuff worth sharing. Also, it’s a great excuse for putting out a post without doing much work. Wait, did I just say that? Please be aware that (1) I probably don’t agree 100% with everything that I post, but I can appreciate things that make me think, and I’m not omniscient, so I won’t just surround myself with voices that tickle my ears, and (2) I am not asking for these recommendations to be attacked or debated, rather engaged, discussed and/or appreciated.
Music: Passenger, “Scare Away the Dark”
First of all, this man is one of my favorite artists. Secondly, this song has the most freeing, hopeful, redemptive message.
Poetry: Wendell Berry, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”
Come on, for my first one, of course it will be Wendell Berry. This also happens to be potentially my very favorite poem of all time. The final line, “Practice Resurrection,” is also my sort-of life philosophy and copiously referenced in my conversation and writing. So here it is:
Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion – put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Thoughts: This is so true, and it’s been transforming the way I interact with those who–gasp!–don’t always act like I want them to. Stupid pride.
Blog post: I’ve recently been reading a lot by this blogger, Micah J. Murray. He has some very interesting thoughts, and a lovely renewed perspective. I would definitely recommend that you visit his site, Redemption Pictures.
Food: This is a recipe for homemade pickles that I have been enjoying all summer, ever since people started selling cucumbers at the farmer’s market. I got them from Lazy K farmers, whose produce I would definitely recommend. Especially the various varieties of cherry tomatoes. I never used to like raw tomatoes, but I pop these like candy.
First one accomplished! (It was so hard…*sarcasm*). I hope you enjoyed it. The categories may vary over time. We’ll see.