Connections

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There was a time on planet earth when sweat equity had real value. When fortunes were forged from iron and steel and the sheer will of a dedicated soul. When man was the master of his machine and he poured his spirit into the work. In those days he sew his sweat into the soil and reap gold. The good life smelled like petroleum and livestock and freshly opened ground. When dirt under the fingernail was the mark of excellence and books enriched the heart. Things made in those days were more than a commodity. They were a piece of someone’s life. A little part of the producer was embedded into the fabric of the creation. The meat on table, the hay that fed the cow and tractors that made it possible to provide a living all carried the essence of those who did the work. In such ways families were bound to each other and a healthy community was all made one blood. We can still have that connection with each other today. All we need to do is understand the value we impart to each other.

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Scattered Memories Of Life In The Barn

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Barn 90120BW” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

In the depth of my memory my grandfather’s barn is a prominent fixture. I believe that I must have spent as much time in the old one room schoolhouse that became his barn as I did in the woods. That’s the thing about a one lane road lifestyle. We sleep in houses but we live in barns. Our small barn was little more than a place to keep the grain and hay. There was a few scattered antique farm tools and I remember seeing shoes for oxen. After a couple of years of shots to treat my allergies I was able to go into the barn without having an episode. My brother and I would listen to my grandfather’s stories about France in World War Two and go to the old barn with our BB guns and pretend to be pinned down behind enemy lines with the barn as our base of operations and corn cobs for grenades. Later in life the barn was also a makeshift gym where grain sacks became weights and hay bales were punching bags. Of course there was plenty of actual work in the barn and there was days when the dog and I would just sit on a stack of hay bales and think about stuff. That barn had to be torn down years ago but every time I pass a barn it all comes back to me. The sweet smell of fresh grain and hay as well as the feel of well weathered wood will forever return me to childhood.

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Fences

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It’s surprising how much good you can do for yourself just checking the fences. Thin lines of steel charged with energy that keep your livestock in their places seem to require vigilance. As a child my grandfather would sometimes just get into his truck and tune the AM radio station to the right channel an listen to the pulsating clicks of the fence charger creating a rhythmic static pattern in the signal. It was a way of making sure that the charger was working. If there’s no clicks on the radio then that means that the cattle could get out. Some people think that it’s the barbs that keep the cattle in but I’ve watched cows use the wire as a back scratcher and not be harmed. Only when the fence has a good charge does it really work and even then they might push their way through if the clover on the other side is sweet enough. But I digress. The normal way to check the fence was to walk along with a tester and every so many paces you stick a probe into the ground and hang a light on the wire. If there’s power on the wire the light will blink. Doing it this way also gives you a chance to check for places where the fence might be saggy. Cows aren’t great jumpers but they can jump. But in the process they can become tangled up in wire and if you cow breaks a leg it’s a financial loss.

Depending on the size of the land there are miles to be walked. Certainly there’s a benefit for physical health but there’s also a huge benefit for mind and spirit. It gets you out away from the outside world and because the task isn’t really demanding you find yourself sorting through thoughts that you only partially resolved earlier. Often I would hear my grandfather singing hymns as he walked the fence with the hemp baling twin that he saved from every square bale of hay hanging out of his back pocket. He kinda resembled a rooster which was amusing because his nickname in the community was “Banty Rooster”. There were times when I was a kid that I would practice walking quiet and try to remain unseen. I figured that if I could stay hidden from people that I would be a better hunter when I old enough. A few times I was able to spot my grandfather walking a fence line I was able to creep through the woods and follow him unseen. I remember one time that I caught him praying as he walked. He was talking to God as if God was walking right there with him and they were having a conversation. Later in life I’ve found myself doing the very same thing. Today I don’t live on the farm and I don’t have a fence to maintain but I do catch myself talking to God as if God was walking right there with me. Those kind of prayers seem to have the most beneficial effects on my life. Walking the fence has become a metaphor for unplugging and existing in my natural state of being. It opens up the real me that we all have and that we keep tucked away in order to function in the outside world. That inner person who cries for release and desires nothing more than to be able to be a human being instead of a human doing. I often wonder how many of society’s horrible problems would simply vanish if we dropped our masks and became who we were created to be. In some ways we are the ones behind the fences. Remember that cow that would push through the electric fence if the clover on the other side was sweet enough? It’s right there in front of us now. And the only thing that stands between ourselves and having our desires is the fear of the fence we built ourselves.

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On Destiny vs Fate

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Bridges are more than simply a structure. They have spirit. Some bridges even sing if the wind is right. If you’re walking on a bridge you might even feel it dance as the traffic passes over. A good bridge is functional art with graceful lines and imposing strengths. But above all, a bridge is a symbol of transition.

When we think of concepts like destiny we’re tempted to envision a road that starts at birth and delivers us to our ultimate fate. But life isn’t simply a line from birth to death and beyond. It’s a network of decisions that change our course and in doing so change our destiny. I can’t begin to even ponder the number of times when I looked down only to see that my fuel was low. I stop at the station and get delayed by a line of cars at the pump. Then a few miles down the road I come up on a wreck and realize that the delay at pump prevented my involvement in the wreck. It was my choices that expended the fuel that caused me to stop and be delayed. It wasn’t my foreknowledge of a wreck that made me stop but my circumstances that effectively changed my destiny for the day. Other choices are more consciously made. Suppose for a moment that I struck up a conversation with the person at the pump across from me and they had just come from the direction where I was heading and told me of a diesel fuel spill on the road. And that the fuel spill made the road so slick that they had almost wrecked themselves. Now I have a reason to choose an alternate path and change my destiny. So I need a bridge. A bridge that delivers me from one destiny to a better one. I need a point of transition.

Sometimes we are fortunate enough to be warned of hazardous conditions ahead. But if we think that there’s no way to avoid it or we fear that transitional bridge because it shakes then we have created our own fate.

The concept of destiny and the concept of fate might seem the same on the surface but they are in fact two very different things. Fate is uncontrollable. Mankind is mortal. Our fate is to one day leave our body behind and enter into eternity. Destiny is malleable. How we spend that eternity is up to us and our willingness to use the bridge that changes our destiny.

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The Persistent Yesterday

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “The Persistent Yesterday 52620” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Warm breezes caress my face as the marbled sky slips by above my little slice of Appalachia. I stand before the fading symbol of prosperity observing it’s slow descent into lower chamber of the hourglass. Beams and planks twist and bend as they’re pulled back to the ether. The breeze whispers it’s keening song in time with the rattle of the tin. The humid summer air carries the faintest of hints that at one time barrels of sweet grain and stacks of hay filled the dusty floor. The tools and trappings hang frozen on rusted nails awaiting a duty call that never came. Thorns reclaim what the plow forgot and the harvesters left to lie fallow.

Image Titled “Coming And Going 52620”.

The flower only fades away so that the seed may drop. In time new hands will clear the thorns that cling to broken and powdered beams. The sounds hammer saw will call forth a new work and the smell of freshly cut lumber will fill the air. The fallow earth will be fertilized by dreams and sweat and the will to thrive once more. And the persistence of yesterday shall be transformed into the reality of today.

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