Tuesday, October 17, 2023

This Is the Barrenness of Harvest or Pestilence

We are in Michigan, Waterloo, the prettiest part of extreme southern Lower Peninsula, visiting our daughter and son-in-law, one week to peak foliage

You think *I'm* sideways radical, I only yap about it compared to my daughter C and son-in-law R (his first name starts with I which is problematic here, I think). They are planning for end times, R focusing, for instance, on honing his foraging knowledge, he hikes with us, stopping to eat certain grasses, berries, tree fruits I'd never know were edible, most are not yummy, taste like chalk, will keep you alive

Small sample size, daughter and son-in-law (who are thirty years old) and their friends, but they understand the world my asshole boomer generation created and understand what's coming, that the tipping point has long passed and that no one will save them except themselves (and at best miserably) and they, or at least C & R, preparing for complete mandatory self-sufficiency while simultaneously decoupling their lives from the lives our shitlords want them economically bound to as much as (im)possible

When they find the remote enough acres (acknowledging there are no acres remote enough) where sustainable homesteading possible we are invited to help purchase and go live on the commune (as in community, as in it will take many, not just the four of us and R's parents). No internet allowed, I'm told. My bandcamp shuffle (shitlords just bought bandcamp and will fuck it up, no one doubts), when I'm driving backroads alone to disc golf courses this trip while L paints, has landed repeatedly on my Spiritualized content, fine serendipity abounds

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Louise Glück

Even now this landscape is assembling.
The hills darken. The oxen
sleep in their blue yoke,
the fields having been
picked clean, the sheaves
bound evenly and piled at the roadside
among cinquefoil, as the toothed moon rises:

This is the barrenness
of harvest or pestilence.
And the wife leaning out the window
with her hand extended, as in payment,
and the seeds
distinct, gold, calling
Come here
Come here, little one

And the soul creeps out of the tree.


  1. 1/i wonder if the "no internet" dictum has been fully thought through - i can see both pluses and minuses

    2/foraging, yes - how about hunting? and agriculture? keeping in mind that past climate behavior may not necessarily predict future climate behavior

    3/there's a song - spouse and self have it on a cd by matt munro - "i'm glad i'm not young anymore"

    this is a performance by lorne greene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed4qmr-AvxQ

  2. 1/lorne greene "was a Canadian actor, musician, singer and radio personality. His notable television roles include Ben Cartwright on the Western Bonanza and ... hosting and narrating the CTV's nature series Lorne Greene's New Wilderness, a show which promoted environmental awareness." [says Wikipedia]

    2/pre-electricity, pre-internal combustion engine farm life in the mid-late 1800s by settlers from europe is depicted at


  3. The vivid imagery in this piece beautifully captures the melancholy of autumn. The juxtaposition of nature's fading vitality with the resilience of life, as represented by the seeds, is hauntingly poignant. It's intriguing to read about your daughter and son-in-law's preparations for self-sufficiency in such a remote setting, and their dedication to decoupling from conventional norms is both admirable and thought-provoking.