Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Thought for Election Day

Coincidentally. A nice antidote to media-hyped election hoopla. From The Blog of Henry David Thoreau. It reminds me of going out to stack firewood and plant garlic today, not to mention walk around the neighborhood with colorful leaves dancing down in the breeze, highs in the seventies, the sky clear and sunny. How many times did I say "OH, it's SUCH a beautiful day!"? I may have done work, but I'm sure glad I wasn't employed, stuck inside under fluorescent lights, or outside sweating toiling, and either way counting minutes til break.

I got three "I voted" stickers today--on my permaculture shirt that I wore for the occasion. I want an "I planted" sticker to go with them. But I'll be enjoying the garlic, and the heat from the firewood. November weather is on the way in a few days. I'm pre-paying my utility bills by refusing to work full time and instead taking advantage of the "waste" that litters our yard from disasters that interrupted the Disaster. (link to pdf, sorry I can't find the text in html)

Oh yeah, the quote:

Thoreau's Journal: 04-Nov-1852

Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life. This life in the present. Let a man have thought what he will of Nature in the house, she will still be novel outdoors. I keep out of doors for the sake of the mineral, vegetable, and animal in me.