That Distant Land…

 

I am still working through Wendell Berry’s Port William Series (and loving so much of it).   I started with Jayber Crow, continued on with Hannah Coulter, and just recently completed That Distant Land (I originally thought about reading Remembering (but decided to wait a while on his shorter novels).  
That Distant Land is a bit different in that this book is really a collection of short stories rather than one coherent narrative (but Port William fans will recognize quite a few reoccurring members and events that better explain the membership). 
 
My favorite (poetic) quote reads, “It was a long walk because we had to go around the inlets of the backwater that lay in every swag and hollow. Way off, now and again, we could hear the owls. Once we startled a deer and stood still while it plunged away into the shadows. And always we were walking among the flowers. I wanted to keep thinking that they were like stars, but after a while I could not think so. They were not like stars. They did not have that hard, distant glitter. And yet in their pale, peaceful way, they shone. They collected their little share of light and gave it back” (p.369).
 
Overall, this work was my least favorite to date – but far from disappointing.  I would just recommend that readers first explore the other two above mentioned books in order to add depth and description to this specific collection of stories.  
 
Any Wendell Berry fans want to point me to your favorite work to pick up next?  Just keep in mind that I might take a bit of a break before revisiting the Port . . . . 
That Distant Land…

Anything But a Fantasy…


Why do I play fantasy football?  Every year I manage to do something foolish.  

My first year in this respective league, due to unexpected dinner guests, I had my wife draft for me on a system and style neither one of us were prepared to use (but at least I ended up winning the championship!).  Thank you, Jana.  
 
In 2012 I missed the draft altogether due to a conflict in the calendar (a guy must take his wife out for her birthday!) and ended up with a roster that was absolutely dismal (and I finished dead last to prove it).  
 
And then there is this year.  Not fully understanding the “keeper” system, and true proud to ask, I decided to keep some of my “stars” and was then surprised to find that I had no cap space for upgrades as a result.  
 
So here we go! 


How is your team looking? I will update you weekly via the comments page. 

Anything But a Fantasy…