It can feel nuts to be a farmer in July, when the flies are buzzing round and the midday summer sun is beating down on you, hoe in one hand, to-do list in the second, and in your third hand– wait! I don’t have a third hand!
But I digress. All o this is just to say that when the going gets hot, I like to turn to Wendell Berry for a little bit of comfort about my life decisions. This one is one of my favorites.
To be sane in a mad time
is bad for the brain, worse
for the heart.
– from the “The Mad Farmer Manifesto: The First Amendment” in The Country of Marriage (1973)
And onward hoe!