The rural people of Vermont as Ben Hewitt writes for Vermont Common’s blog:
“Summer came as summer does, fast and undeniable, bringing with it the means to fill each of its days from their gauzy 5 a.m. beginnings to the exhausted, body-sore collapse into sleep. Firewood to be cut, split, and stacked, a woodshed to be built for the firewood to be stacked into, a stand of mature fir to be thinned, skidded, and sawn.
Then the boards, redolent of the earthy sweetness of fresh-cut lumber, to be stickered and covered. The orchard to be pruned, the raspberries thinned and trellised, dozens of vegetable beds broadforked, weeded, and seeded. The sheep and pigs and cows turned out to pasture. Hay to be baled, bales to be loaded, thrown, stacked. And then the cows freshen and there is suddenly milk everywhere and even better, cream: To turn to butter, to cut the bitterness of strong coffee, to slurp by the cupful straight from a quart jar while standing before the open fridge in chainsaw chaps and a sweat-damp T-shirt. Fishing trips with the boys, walking downhill through the woods to the neighbor’s stream, where the brookies hide in the shadows of a tumbledown stone bridge, half or more fallen in, uncrossed for decades and perhaps even generations. Fish that dwell beneath bridges that can no longer be crossed: How apt a metaphor for 21st century America and her people.
The barely kept secret of my life is this: For all the activities that fill each of my days, I am not very good at much of anything. Sure, I can claim basic competence on many fronts but the hard truth is, I rarely if ever do anything with excellence. It seems as if my knowledge and skills have spread like a sudden rain atop a parched land, creating a latticework of water that runs helter-skelter across the surface, never accumulating, never soaking into the thirsty earth below.
You can read the rest of this post at the link above. Here are some others for your considerations also:
“15 facts about America’s Infrastructure” by Jennifer Lynch
“Sustainability in all things Except Rational Thinking” by SARTRE at BART
“The Left Wing Circular Firing Squad” by J.J. Jackson at Liberty Reborn
“The Fed and America’s Financial Reckoning Day” by Chuck Baldwin
“The Free State Project at 10″ by its founder, Jason Sorens
“Neocon Blowback” by Justin Raimondo at Antiwar.com
“How American Became an Emipre” by Bill Bonner at Lew Rockwell.com
and my own “Man from Nowhere” in TAC