In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Whoa, I am exhausted. I have stayed up waaay too late reading and now I am completely unmotivated to write. I tried to write a different post, but it came out incomprehensible. So. This is all I am going to say. Read. Read. And then read some more. It doesn't matter what you read, just read. It makes your brain gain new wrinkles. And trust me, that is one body part where you want a lot of wrinkles. I read children's novels quite often, mostly to make sure they are suitable for my children. I just read Frankenstein for the first time. Did you know that Mary Shelley was only nineteen when she wrote that classic? I am now reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, as well as my favorite magazine, GRIT and two books about raising dairy goats. I have an ongoing love affair with The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook. I adore cookbooks, especially ones with stories interwoven. I pick up and put down Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. As a novelist, I love her. As a non-fiction writer she comes off a bit pretentious. I know thousands of people loved her book, I just can't say I was one of them. I read homeschooling books whenever I can. And sustainable living books. And picture books. Don't get me started on picture books. I pick up my bird identification guidebook almost every day. My guilty pleasure is Louis L'amour. So easy to read and still so very entertaining and sometimes educational. Do you have any recommendations?  Wow. Hhmm. I guess I was able to write tonight after all.

Most of our books


  1. Thank you, Spencer. I'm glad you like the picture of the books.

  2. That comment exchange was awesomely awesome. :)

  3. Wow, We are doing the same thing here.
    Surfacing was Marget Atwoods first novel. It is a great read. A bit sad though.
    I am reading Blood, Bones and Butter (The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef), by Garbrielle Hamilton. She's a listless caterer who gets her masters while trying to figure out how to use it, and ends up opening her own restaurant. Only to turn writer too. She's funny. I relate a lot to her story.
    The other book I'm reading is Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It's tragic but moving too. A really motherly love book.
    I can feel those new wrinkles already.