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Gene Everlasting Author Gene Logsdon whom Wendell Berry once called the most experienced and best observer of agriculture we have has a notion That it is a little easier for gardeners and farmers to accept death than the rest of the populace Why Because every day, farmers and gardeners help plants and animals begin life and help plants and animals end life They are intimately attuned to the food chain They understand how all living things are seated around a dining table, eating while being eaten They realize that all of nature is in flux.Gene Everlasting contains Logsdon s reflections, by turns both humorous and heart wrenching, on nature, death, and eternity, all from a contrary farmer s perspective He recounts joys and tragedies from his childhood in the 1930s and 40s spent on an Ohio farm, through adulthood and child raising, all the way up to his recent bout with cancer, always with an eye toward the lessons that farming has taught him about life and its mysteries.Whether his subject is parsnips, pigweed, immortality, irises, green burial, buzzards, or compound interest, Logsdon generously applies as much heart and wit to his words as he does care and expertise to his fields. The flyleaf of this book says that with each story, Logsdon keeps an eye toward the lessons that farming and his underlying connection to nature have taught him about life and its mysteries This is an apt description of the book, and as such was very comforting to me in many respects My family owns a few acres in the country and I often get discouraged by chickweed that threatens to take over, by animals that break our hearts by leaving the world too soon, the many variations of weather that threatens to undo our gardening efforts or animal husbandry Thank you, Gene, for your musings which are instructed by decades of living with, observing, writing and caring deeply about the natural world around you. If at times Logsdon is querulous and cranky, as in especially the first few of these essays, his prose mellows into an intelligent investigation of death, aging, and pastoral living Some of the best moments here are the personal admissions of vulnerability and joy, and these really do redeem the book s occasional shortcomings especially its deliberately but underwhelmingly edgy take on science Other strong themes include the continued call for small holdings to continue, against the segregated world of industrial agribusiness on one side and alienated urbanists on the other This was my first introduction to Logsdon, and I definitely took something away from his deep well of thoughtfulness, even if I sense disagreement with him on many fronts. Laughing and crying the whole way through a must read

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