Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal

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Reading Great Possessions is like taking a walk around David Kline's Amish farm with him in every season. Through his simple, elegant prose, Kline conveys the joy and splendor of not only observing the natural world on his small farm, but of actually participating in nature's perennial cycle. Kline and his family and brethren go beyond simply coexisting with nature; they become stewards, shepherds, and ultimately advocates for the gracefulness of working the land.
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Overview

Reading Great Possessions is like taking a walk around David Kline's Amish farm with him in every season. Through his simple, elegant prose, Kline conveys the joy and splendor of not only observing the natural world on his small farm, but of actually participating in nature's perennial cycle. Kline and his family and brethren go beyond simply coexisting with nature; they become stewards, shepherds, and ultimately advocates for the gracefulness of working the land.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Amish farmer Kline describes his family, his labors and everyday life on his 70-acre southern Ohio farm. ``His reverence for nature and his deep religious faith are palpable, and he argues convincingly for the `small-scale diversified farming' of the Amish, which ultimately gives back to the earth more than it takes,'' said PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Combining the foresight of John Muir, the poetry of Henry David Thoreau, and the artistry of John James Audubon, Kline blends the hues of old-world Amish farm life to paint a canvas colored with the great horned owl, black-tailed grackle, and blue heron beneath a winter's wolf moon. Spring brings ploughing and planting amidst budding apple, ash, and sugar maple; the burble of bull toads; the trill of the whippoorwill; and the tickle of toothwort, thistle, and thyme. Summer draws marsh ducks, woodchucks, and young bucks to the sun-drenched cornhusks, while fall closes the circle with the tawny tints of turning leaves and the fine-honed axe of the woodcutter. A fine hearthside read for nature lovers.-- Mikey Scott, Torrey Pines High Sch., Del Mar, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865474055
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/1/1990
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xv
Winter
Winter Visitors 5
A Winter Walk 10
Sugaring Time 14
Listing Birds 19
Woodpeckers 25
Arctic Migrant 30
Night Hunters 33
Hunger Moon 38
Sassafras 43
Spring
Wings of Spring: The Canada Goose 49
The Horned Lark 53
Wetland Music 57
Woodland Jewels 62
A Spring Walk 66
The Thrushes 71
Swallows 75
Of Warblers and Mushrooms 83
Summer
Flying Scavengers 93
Bats 97
Hayland Birds 101
In Praise of Fencerows 106
The Rails 111
The Upland Sandpiper 115
Life in the Marsh 118
The Wings of Summer Nights 123
The World of Insects 128
Butterflies 134
Fall
The Waterfowl Flyways 143
A Tall Oak 148
The Beauty of Wood 152
Autumn Colors 158
Woodland Gold 162
The Return of a Native 167
Autumn Hawk Flights 173
October 178
The Adaptable White-tailed Deer 182
The Mysteries of Migration 186
Farewell to the Giants 190
Beyond the Seasons
The American Chestnut 199
Aliens 203
XZ89 209
Extinct and Endangered Birds 213
Planting for Wildlife 220
Winter Bird Feeding 225
Giving the Birds a Hand 230
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