Sunday, May 20, 2012

Plan B was AMAZING!

Yesterday in the cool shade of a giant maple tree my farm turned into an amphitheater. Twenty of us sat on the hillside and standing at the base, in front of a row peony bushes and a parade of Geese, James Howard Kunstler talked to us about the future of energy, oil, climate and economies around the world. To some of you, that may sound like a contradiction. This man talking about doom and gloom amongst flowers waiting to bloom on a sunny day, but that isn't Jim's message at all. Jim is all about paying attention, realizing what is actually going on in the world and accepting changes with logic, grace, and a sense of humor.

We laughed, asked questions, engaged with him and Kathy Harrison outside on the freshly mowed lawn. Jim brought a cooler of beer! When I asked why his response was, "I thought people would get thirsty!?" Can't argue with that.

His talk was the post-lunch break event. The whole morning was spent inside and out with the energy and positivity of Kathy, who introduced us into the practicality and ease of being ready for everything from ice storms to economic fall outs. She made us all laugh, shared her own story and her gadgets. She brought along samples of everything from crank radios to dehydrated asparagus and potatoes (which when re-hydrated taste exactly like any other potato. Her whole anthem was about being able to take care of yourself in any scenario, and to understand that no one can do this alone. She wanted us to understand the importance of knowing your neighbors, making connections with people in your community, and actually knowing what is going on in local government and politics. She thinks our selectman and school boards will be a lot more important to us than we can feasibly understand in the next few years. I think she's right.

Everyone left with full stomachs, with signed copies of books by the visiting authors, and smiles on their faces. I think the crew that made it out to the farm yesterday was happy they made the trip. That's something I am quite proud of. Any time anyone goes out of their way to support, visit, or share in this little 7-acres of heaven I am on cloud nine, even when the day's whole concetration was on the uncertain future, I feel pretty darn good on my pile of dirt.

11 Comments:

Blogger Mikey Sklar said...

This will sound paranoid, but in your region do people still sit on the grass like that? I would have thought deer ticks were more of a concern this time of year.

May 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Yup, we sit on the ground. Lyme is common, several people there have had or are currently dealing with Lyme. If a tick bites you, you just pull it off and take some antibiotics from the doc. But I spend all day outside and in the grass and only pull a few ticks off a summer.

May 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous cowgirl said...

Nice. Is that your home in the background? A four-square? I have one...

May 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

It is my house!

May 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

I wish I could have been there. Sounds like a great day was had by all.

May 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

With J.D.! Would have loved to be there enjoying something from J.H.K.'s cooler. Eagerly awaiting his next book. Glad all went fantastic.

May 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger TwoBlueHeelers said...

Sounds like a most timely workshop, on a topic we should all be considering. Will this be a webinar eventually? Still wishing so badly that I lived closer... and looking forward to the second webinar in the series, whenever it is ready. :)

May 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Oh, Jenna. So happy for you and all the good karma comin' your way!

May 20, 2012 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna,

We had a great time! Thanks, too, for inviting us to hang out after. We ultimately decided to head off and explore a bit after dinner, before it got too dark - mostly, we drove around and pointed out cows and deer in the fields.

Thanks!!
~Sarah and Clay

May 20, 2012 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

It Was amazing! Thank you Jenna! I had a great time and learned so much. It was great spending the day on the grass discussing topics with like-minded people.

May 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Violet said...

I think it's great that you did this little seminar. I think more people should be willing to be prepared for anything.

May 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM  

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