The Farm (29)

Growing up both of us felt great affection for and were strongly drawn to the natural world.  Rural life and woodlands were our school rooms and workshops.  We had gone on to university looking for greater understanding of this, wondering at its scientific insights and intricacies, and finding kinship in the works of fellow naturalists: Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Alfred Jacob Miller, Henry David Thoreau, and Colin Fletcher.  Prolonged cross-cultural experiences caused us to question our own upbringing.  Being used by others for their own ends caused us to go on for yet more education that helped us to both understand and name these behaviours as we tried to simultaneously teach those whom we served in education and as clergy to be able to come to their own insights regarding their own ways of knowing.  Looking for more than what serving the church could offer we had made a bold move to relocate to a farm.  This was only possible through the unasked for assistance of others whom we knew and who we had served, and who all on their own affirmed what they had experienced in bits and pieces of who we are, and of our having served them over the years, and of what we now desired to do, which was beyond a doubt anything but clear and planned…

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