Sunday, September 21, 2008

My Favorite Book

"To plant a pine, one need be neither God or a poet: one need only a shovel" Aldo Leopold


My Favorite book is A Sand County Almanac And Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold. I discovered this book in my "later the average college years." I was taking a Forestry Class, and it was required reading. I also had to write a paper on it, I might even have a copy of it around here someplace, probably "upstairs"... as everything I haven't used in awhile ends up upstairs. My book, sits in a basket on my Scrap-booking desk, my hard cover version was a thoughtful gift from Jen a number of years ago. I had an old used paperback copy, that was dog eared and highlighted, with notes in the margin, I must have given that copy to someone else to read. I did have several copies floating around here at one time, then when I would get a customer at the greenhouse that was a "Reader" I would send them off with my favorite book. But not my hard covered copy, I lend it to no one...a bit selfish perhaps..I guess it must be so. Somethings I just need near me..just in case..and this book is one of those things.

Leopold was a conservationist. a naturalist and a writer. His book is written in such a way that you don't need to read it from start to finish.although I suggest you do. You can pick up this book and just read a small sketch here and there. Possibly it could be read aloud, around a campfire, or to a grandchild. I enjoy reading it bits and pieces here and there. I look at this book, like a visit from an old friend, a wise old friend.

Maybe a book written in the late 1940's isn't for you...maybe your carrots have always come in a plastic bag instead of out of the garden covered with a little bit of dirt to make them taste better. Maybe your heat only comes from a furnace, instead of stored up in a woodpile ready to warm your very soul. Maybe you don't weep for the wildflowers being annihilated by the four wheeler tracks in the ditches. Leopold says " Maybe you can't grieve for something you never knew." If you never noticed the wildflowers ..you will never miss them:)

5 comments:

  1. I am going to look for that book! And I look forward to reading it, there are some things that we must pay more attention to. I bet those 4 wheelers never thought anything about the repercussions of driving through the ditches.
    Jen

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  2. Hi Muddy Boots, If you read it, please drop me a comment.. I would be very interested in knowing your opinion of the book. Thanks for stopping By!

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  3. Have you read any Gene Stratton Porter books? She wrote novels and nature books. All I know about her is she was a famous author and naturalist from Indiana. One of her most famous books was a novel called A Girl of the Limberlost. I haven't read any of her books but I did see a documentary of her and I really like it. I've always wanted to visit her home which is a state historical site now.

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  4. Milah, No... I have not read any of Porters books but I will put it on my wish list. A gal should always have a wish list when it comes to books!!

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  5. Hello Connie :)

    This is such a lovely post. I am an avid reader, and the book you mention here sounds very much like one I would enjoy. I just happen to find magic in wildflowers, and things most folks might disregard. I like finding the beauty in the simple. Probably due to my love of photography. You see things through the lens of a camera which might otherwise be overlooked. :) Lovely entry here!

    -Carly

    By the way, I want to invite you to also play along with my Monday Photo Shoot. I offer a new assignment each Monday morning, and you have a full week to take the photo, then leave me the link. I host the Monday Photo Shoot on my personal blog, Ellipsis. Here is the link...

    Ellipsis
    http://ellipsissuddenlycarly.blogspot.com

    If you have any questions about either project, the Round Robins, or the Monday Photo Shoot, feel free to send me an email.

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie