Wj Carroll wrote: I guess my question is, 'to what end?" I don't think I can be content leaving no legacy, when my ancestors' names appear on our founding documents, cities, towns and streets throughout the US.
Hans J Brammer wrote: Times Change; a solely industrialised world will not sustain - your land will be a refuge like many more ......
Ecclesiastes 2:4-6; 18-19 wrote: I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 6I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees.... 18Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. 19And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
Wj Carroll wrote:Vera Stewart,
You are far too kind. Southerners simply have a love of words. We are storytellers. We preserve our history, values and life lessons in those stories, and that is important to us - from Faulkner to Lewis Grizzard and so many in between. Even Jack Kerouac, from Lowell, Mass., wrote much of his best work in Rocky Mount, NC and loved Tomas Wolfe. I used to make my living as a writer. I do have a few FB groups and a food blog, but I don't write much anymore. That said I am working on 9 ideas for Permaculture related books..... so, there may be more to come! Please feel free to PM me, as I am sure that I would treasure your friendship. Perhaps you may enjoy a little story I wrote some years ago that may give insight into the simple, agrarian world in which I grew up: http://southernfoodandwine.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-eve-with-big-ray.html
Wj Carroll wrote:I guess my question is, 'to what end?" I don't think I can be content leaving no legacy, when my ancestors' names appear on ... I just need to know that one day I will go to my rest with the belief that it was worth something. My native American ancestors always stressed thinking of future generations - do nothing unless it will benefit your descendants, even 10 generations forward! This really "preys on my mind" as the old folks used to say.