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Great Possessions : An Amish Farmer's Journal By DavidKline Wendell Berry,

  • Title: Great Possessions : An Amish Farmer's Journal
  • Author: DavidKline Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 0801704832283
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Organized in four sections corresponding to the seasons, this account by an Amish farmer of his life in Southern Ohio, celebrates his daily labours, his family and, most importantly, the flora and fauna of his 70 acre farm He works his land with horses and without electricity He describes the proper preparation of Sassafras tea, maple sugaring in late winter, chopping fiOrganized in four sections corresponding to the seasons, this account by an Amish farmer of his life in Southern Ohio, celebrates his daily labours, his family and, most importantly, the flora and fauna of his 70 acre farm He works his land with horses and without electricity He describes the proper preparation of Sassafras tea, maple sugaring in late winter, chopping firewood in autumn and rejoices in the vast diversity of the birds.
    Great Possessions An Amish Farmer s Journal Organized in four sections corresponding to the seasons this account by an Amish farmer of his life in Southern Ohio celebrates his daily labours his family and most importantly the flora and fau

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    1. The author, David Kline, is Amish and a farmer, so he lives very close to nature While the subtitle is, An Amish Farmer s Journal, this book is not about the Amish It is about a man s love for God s creation that surrounds him on his farm and his sadness at what has been lost and what we continue to lose.The introduction by the author is a powerful statement for sustainable, small scale, family farming Wendell Berry in the foreword notes this with his statement that Kline s life, informed as it [...]

    2. The forward s by Wendell Berry, which should give some additional clue as to the content Generally, very nice nature writing with a focus on encouraging organic and nondestructive noninvasive farming techniques Tends to the abstract rather than the specific and as always, I would probably have liked things to go one step further, to really consider the impact that changes in farming styles would have on the community the author lived in let alone everywhere else Still, a pretty book with an impo [...]

    3. back to the farm and a lot of bird watching this time many short stories divided by the seasons a light enjoyable read SCRATCHING THE WOODCHUCK gave a little variety of farm life and if you going to read only one of these i would suggest that one over this however, if you are a bird loveryou will be all over this one.

    4. I made a deal with myself that I could only read Kline outside, except for the winter It was fun to go through the book as the seasons changed and soak it in I am a huge fan of natural history memoirs and Kline does it really well Usually by the end of one setting with the book, I nearly convince myself that I need to become a farmer and live the simple live.

    5. This is a beautiful book to read One man One farm Things quietly observed Godly thoughts You want this book on your selves.

    6. What a great read this book is Some people think it s a compliment to say I couldn t put the book down In this case, I deliberately did put it down after each chapter, savoring one each day, usually in the mornings Each chapter became a daily meditation for me.David Kline obviously knows a great deal about the natural world Not only is he in touch with the seasons natural rhythms from working his small farm, but he is also keenly observant of the flora and fauna around him From his keen observat [...]

    7. This collection of short essays, while earnestly written, didn t hold my attention long enough to warrant than three stars in this review Farmer naturalist David Kline has a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the wildlife native to his region of Ohio, and he does a good job of conveying his love, respect, and fear for the future of these creatures Unfortunately, his ability as a writer isn t as keen as his ability to farm, leaving me a little bored at times The majority of these essay [...]

    8. Wendell Berry s forward alone is worth the price of this book And I was as impressed by Kline s writing as I was when I heard him in person last year He may be an Amish farmer itself reason enough to pay attention to what he has to say , but he is also an astute, keen observer as well as a philosopher and theologian.If I had to choose one of these essays to be read or reread, it would be Farwell to the Giants pp 190 196 Here Kline laments the logging of a neighboring wood lot that he has knows s [...]

    9. A collection of short articles written for an Amish publication A perfect book for the back porch or the cabin To be picked up and read and reread, visited like an old friend that you wish was David Kline himself I would love to sit by a warm wood burning stove on a winter afternoon and listen to David tell these stories of simple joys of living in the natural world and not just on it Short of that, I have to settle for reading them on my porch when a rare quiet moment is available Each story of [...]

    10. Lots of information about birds, sometimes just straight pages and pages of bird watching descriptions However, I kept reading Tidbits of the Amish life kept me intrigued such as the stories of making syrup, sentimentality, and pure gratefulness of life Like I said, a little dry at times, but the book makes you feel good and appreciate the little things in life.

    11. The publisher is a family friend, and my mother is a colleague of Mr Kline s, so I found myself with a copy of the book I found it quite peaceful Boring, but not uninteresting It made me a bit homesick for the area where I grew up.

    12. A lovely month by month description of Mr Kline s observations around his home I will re read this with a bird reference book because much of what he observes is bird life, and I need the visual reference.

    13. Like Leopold s A Sand County Almanac, this book is a series of short stories about the natural world I found this very fun to read.

    14. Probably one of the better collections of nature writing I ve read Reflections on Ohio nature and wildlife by an Amish farmer from Millersburg Extremely memorable.

    15. This is a sweet little book that made me slow down and start looking around me for birds, animals and simple beauty.

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