Sorry no fun pictures for this one. And normally I don’t do politics here…. But this is a historical event and so I simply can’t ignore it.I come from NE. I was born here in liberalville. I was raised in liberalville, and ultimately settled in liberalville. I make no secret of being a raving liberal. My perspective is liberal for Scandianvia and yes, I can claim that with authority due to all the time I have spent over there. So, If I am honest, I am all for impeaching the orange russian asset.
But there are some who view it very differently. I have my opinions about that too if I am honest. But this post isn’t about anything but marking an event. I am not here to attack anyone. I am not here to validate either side.
What I am saying though is important…. You can’t complain about this and sound sane or not bought off if you are the party that once impeached over pardon my adult language a blow job. This is something that actually affects the country. We see that effect or farmers do, in the family farms being lost due to an unnecessary trade war with china. We see it in the rate of hate crimes rising off the charts. You can’t argue that it hasn’t, and isn’t currently continuing to affect the country. This being said……
I don’t like it when the FBI, is making 17 major errors either…. However, they did still manage to come to the right conclusion.
No part of this gives me joy.
Roughly the same time I graduated the Iraq war and afganistan war were going on. I watched boys I knew going to die. 5 and a half years later I watched the light go out of my kid sister’s eyes when she thought that factor through as it would happen to the boys of her year as well…. I am 39 years old. We have been at war since I was a teenager. A war I opposed then and got told I was unamerican for wanting to protect my boys and the ones that came after. When they passed the Patriot Act, I read every word spent a year researching and concluded it was bad. But again I was unamerican. I am a citizen of the world perhaps more than I am american….. I dunno….
But it seems abundantly clear, that this president sadly couldn’t hold it together….whatever….. He isn’t fit for office and now I am saying it. Not impeaching is unamerican. If we want a democracy Trump sadly has to go. Not because anyone is deplorable or because one side is right one is wrong. But because, he broke the law. He has enacted a constitutional crisis and this is our only way out of it.
I hear a lot of talk about civil war…. No one went to war when Clinton was impeached over a BJ, so why it should happen now escapes me. But I can’t help but wonder if it might be for the best to non violently join Canada here in the North East……….. And I feel the need to point out another great nation and it’s civil war only a bit over 60 some years agoish…. A man named Vaino Linna, a soldier, wrote a book called The Unknown Soldier. It discusses in detail all the horrible stuff the Finnish military did to invading Russians. He chronicles their loss of humanity in a war to protect their wives and daughters from an invading army massively larger than themselves…. The last words of the book after you read all the atrocities, are, “these are good men.” And the men of Finland did what they had to, gave up what they must to protect their loved ones and nation. It sparked an unbelievable debate in Finland about the roll of war for Finland. They don’t go to war now, until and unless, Finland is attacked or invaded. Because to force people to give up their humanity should be a pretty high bar to meet to do it. Later, the unknown soldier got a name in the trilogy Under The North Star. I would like to see these books required reading in our public schools…. I would hope for all of us, if we do decide to ditch our unitedness that it be done peacefully.
As I said, political posts are extremely rare. But I can’t stay silent in the middle of a historic event while children are sitting in cages and Putin is singing in a major key.
My apologies for this one.
I don’t want to honestly get into it so I am trying to keep it short and brief while being honest about my feelings. And I remind everyone, we are all entitled to disagree…. And these are just my opinion.
I am just a farmer.
Amanda of Wildflower Farm
Wildflower Farm, is a small New England homestead, B&B and AirBnB, in the Baystate. We came out here 7 years ago, when we returned from the better part of 10 years as peripatetic aristotelian nomads, for my husband's post docs. Upon our return, we had a plan. We had a lovely home. Everything was so clear. Then, I got sick. Things I used to eat all the time during our travels elsewhere in the world and even here before I left almost 10 years earlier made me ill. It took a couple trips to the ER and a trip to specialist... It became clear, something had changed in the way food is processed in this country since last I lived here. Some off label things was inevitably going to be my demise.
My husband and I looked around to see the clear path we were on, had exploded in front of us. We decided we had to create a new path for ourselves. We put children on hold. We found a small piece of land with a house we loved in a rural suburb in a right to farm area. I began researching how to do it ourselves. Grow it ourselves, make it ourselves, survive on our own as much as possible. We bought the property, and began plotting a new course. One that didn't involve off label chemicals. Closer to nature, with a lot more DIY, gardens, and animals for the products they provide. We created a life we loved though it hasn't always been easy and has of course come with compromise with each other, and even with ourselves.
Our family thought we had lost our minds. What were we doing leaving the city? We had no idea how hard this would be. They thought we would be back in 6 months. That was over 7 years ago, now. We have been making it work. They were not wrong, it isn't easy. But has anything worth doing ever been easy? And for us, avoiding as much store bought food as possible was simply necessary so I could live given how sick I was getting.
Then Covid hit.... We were lucky to have this place. It has allowed us a lot less need for public use territories which has kept us a lot safer and spared us much of the risk others face daily. This place, has given us a privilege through this of great meaning to us. To be of use in a difficult time. We have been able to help friends family and even strangers in need when things couldn't be found on store shelves. Or money was tight due to not working, rent being due and a child at home, or some other draining situation. We are so very grateful to have been able to not be helpless like so much of society through this miserable time. Our families, got used to it some time ago, us being out here. They made peace with it the day there was no bread and they had to ask me for some. Or when fresh vegies were rotten due to supply chain issues but they could find plenty in my garden.
Wildflower Farm, was a place I dreamed of. One of those sweet pastoral dreams a city dweller grows up knowing will never come true, that became unavoidable when I became ill. I never expected to get to do this. I never thought I had what it takes to make this work. I have learned pacing myself is important, compromise is critical, hard work never ends, burn out is real so breaks are just a necessary evil.
We are not fully self sufficient, but we work hard in that direction as we create a new path through life for ourselves, always reaching to do even more ourselves and to get closer to the ideal we envision. We are however far more self sufficient than many in this world. 7 years in, we continue to learn and grow in this homesteading lifestyle. We welcome comments and advice and ideas and questions.
We welcome visitors from all over to our home with strict covid policies in place. We spend our time learning to live all over again in a more environmental and sustainable way though even there we are far from perfect always learning and growing doing better as we know better.
This little homestead farm is a magical place named for the New England wildflowers that grow all around. A place where a physicist, watches the night sky on clear nights with the aide of mirror and glass, and a woman, works endlessly in the gardens, the kitchen, and a variety of projects to create and to keep a very unique life style running and functioning. Wildflower Farm, has become so much more than simply a piece of land we can grow a few vegetables on. The longer I spend here, the more alive the land seems, the more I learn about it's function and the more meaning it has. My place in the universe and the next steps on our new path become ever more clear.
We welcome you on this journey with us.