Friday, October 14, 2005

The Move

I have been a really bad blogger of late. The reason: we are moving to a farm in upstate New York. Finally, the chance to "live out" all my crazy ideas. It is I and the children who go first, husband to follow (pray to St. Therese and St. Maximilian for us!). True motherhood, indeed.

Hans Urs von Balthasar talks about the "constellation" of persons who stand behind each mission. These are the "saints," canonized and otherwise, by whose lights we are guided. For me the "stars" are John Paul II, Balthasar, Gertrud von le Fort, Therese of Lisieux. But right now I follow Wendell Berry, still alive and still the sole member of his own sect...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Lisa,
I really enjoyed chatting with you in Wisconsin and have been meaning to follow up on a few things. Your blog will make it easy. My husband and I have been talking about the agrarian life again, since that weekend. It was a bit of a wakeup call for me that without realizing it I was quickly slipping into accepting the complete suburban lifestyle which I profess to dislike. Anyway, all of this to say that our many conversations and such have led us to a few books one which I highly recommend for you in your move. It's called "You Can Farm," by Joel Salatin. First go to the website for Polyface Farms in Virginia to get a taste for what he has to say. There are some interesting articles there. We have found it very inspiring although it may never be realistic for us to leave the suburbs. I'm searching instead for a new paradigm for suburban living. Perhaps I'll start a blog...

All the best in your move,

7:03 PM  
Blogger antonia said...

Hey! Just wanted to say that I have recently started reading your blog and I really like it! :-) Very best of luck with the big move! I can imagine there is a lot to sort out! your sister in Christ, antonia -x-

8:00 AM  
Blogger antonia said...

ps- I hope it's okay but I put up a link from my blog to yours

8:05 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Kathleen, thanks for the recommendation. I enjoyed our conversations, too! I'll have to get the book. I have some ideas on suburban living...we will have to put our heads together on this!

Antonia, thank you for the supprt (I love the picture--where was it taken).

12:51 PM  
Blogger antonia said...

Hi! The picture was taken on a gondola in Venice -- the greeny-blue is the Canal Grande in the background! :-)

12:20 AM  
Anonymous pistol pete said...

I stumbled onto your blog through a Wendell Berry search. I wrote a post some time ago based on the essay "Why I'm Not Buying a Computer". I also just wrote one with one of his Sabbath poems.

My wife and I also homeschool. In fact, I just wrote a satirical piece on the whole "socialization" question on my blog.

Finally, we used to live in the farmlands of upstate NY. We loved it there. Hope you will too.

6:44 PM  

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