Barbara Kingsolver

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I need to write my sermon, but I did want to tell you about this article from the Post this morning. Very interesting.

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4 thoughts on “Barbara Kingsolver

  1. thank you. I do like Barbara Kingsolver’s work. However, I despair at the hours I put in that make it hard to do the “dirty work”… even cooking, that I want to do. And it’s not bragging. I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t LOVE my work so much that I want to do it 80 hours a week, like Some Pastors. And at the same time a sense of anger at what “seems” to be required.

    so I want to have dirtier shoes. a garden with more than one tomato plant. I want to cook more meals.

    how do you do it?

  2. Diane,

    Yikes. I don’t do it. We do have a small garden and we cook, but my husband does most of it. So, I can claim a teensy bit of moral high ground (not much, of course, we’re still incredibly petroleum dependent) without lifting a finger. Sad. The main thing we try to do is go to farmer’s markets (again…this is mostly my husband) regularly.

    It’s a fine line, isn’t it? We want to do all this stuff, but there are only so many hours in the day. I kept thinking about that as I heard interviews with Kingsolver. Even though I was thankful for her words, I wanted to argue with her, “But you had a hefty book advance. You’re a famous writer. You could live off the land for a year. Our economy doesn’t work that way for most of us….”

    There are some other models that are springing up right now though. Community gardens, where a whole community works to keep up a garden. Or farming co-ops where a local farm is supported by X number of families. Allison Fisher from GWIPL (a local chapter of a larger organization) came to speak at our student group last night. She was talking about certain congregations forming co-ops. Our church started a neighborhood market.

    So, I guess all that to say, all of these things are evolving right now. We’re in the midst of a great brainstorm right now. I think we’re all wrestling with your very important question: “how do you do it?”

  3. Have you read the book? Oh, do! It’s marvelous. I don’t garden, but I do shop at the local tailgate markets and while I’ve been part of farm coops and supper coops in the past, I’m not now. But this book was a wonderful reminder to eat seasonally and locally and enjoy the flavors of the day.

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