2015 was. My wife and I welcomed a daughter-in-law and three new grandsons. The grandsons were at the wedding (yet to be born) and no, the new daughter-in-law is not one of their mothers. In November I lost an uncle. My mother’s health has been tricky. Life ebbs.
2016 is. The UN has decided this should be the Year of the Pulse. More on this from this quarter – you can rest assured.
Brian Miller just put up a piece at the South Roane Agrarian where he took a look back at the year gone by and highlighted titles from his “reading this weekend”… little snippets he adds at the end of his regular offerings. In this January 1 post he also offers a picture of a shelf in his library. I’ve seen the library, or at least one room of it. The pictured shelf is nice, but hardly does justice to the whole. But titles and authors would not be discernible if he showed even one wall… so a shelf is a nice touch. Click on the picture and have a look at the titles. Wendell Berry is featured prominently. No surprise if you know Brian. But seeing the titles reminded me of several I can reach out and pull from my little collection.
I have to admit I staged this lineup… and it is missing a couple titles I wish I’d had room for. But you get the gist. I don’t think it legible, but second from the right – The Soil and Health, by Sir Albert Howard (first edition, alas… not signed by the author). Closer to the middle is Ford Denison’s Darwinian Agriculture (first edition, and signed by Ford… my son was a graduate student at U Minn when Ford got it published). If you have to choose between them, go with Howard. Ford’s book is pretty good, but Sir Albert is, well… amazing.
Other 2016 forecasts? Well, I know a certain couple living in this general vicinity who will reach a milestone age next fall if the fates allow. She’d rather I not be any more specific, and I can honor that.