I just started reading this and just finished the chapter on pecans. I really enjoy how she writes and I think this will be a quick read. It flows reaI just started reading this and just finished the chapter on pecans. I really enjoy how she writes and I think this will be a quick read. It flows really nicely. So far I'm particularly struck by the way pecan trees reproduce. I'd never heard about that kind of reproduction. Nature is fascinating.
The chapter on strawberries brought to mind two things. First, it made me think about the wild spaces of my childhood. I grew up in a small town in a very suburban looking neighbourhood. But it hadn't expanded much yet and there were ravines to play in and access (I'm fairly certain we were trespassing, in retrospect) to a campground that was only used in the summer. I spent most of my summer at our family cottage, on an island which was reservation land. Lots of wild spaces to explore. And there was my grandmother's backyard - full of strawberries and raspberries - that wasn't terribly large but there was a hill that took you out of sight of the house - and so the grown ups. Secondly, it made me contemplate why small local businesses matter so much to me. The are a mix of market and gift economies. Yes, when I visit the local cloth diaper store, I pay for the product. But I've been gifted with the knowledge of the women who work there and a sense of community too, as they have LLL meetings and craft meeting and sponsor families for Christmas presents. The shop has spaces for common use - places to breastfeed and change babies and for children to play. Maybe this sort of mixed economy is closer within our grasp.
************ "But their rhythm made me feel at home and the ceremony drew a circle around our family."
I like that quote a lot. Ceremony does focus on making a circle around a group of people. Traditions too. And I like the idea of the mundane becoming more over time.
I also really liked the way she talks about the goldenrods and asters as being like the two ways of thinking - science and indigenous. I studied archaeology in university and it could be done as either a BA or BSc. The best of the classes were the ones that merged both together.