Viewing carrielamont's Garden Diary: Veteran's Day Article
"Those poor farmers who came up, that day, to defend their native soil, acted from the simplest of instincts. They did not know it was a deed of fame they were doing. These men did not babble of glory. They never dreamed their children would contend who had done the most. They supposed they had a right to their corn and their cattle, without paying tribute to any but their governors. And as they had no fear of man, they yet did have a fear of God.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
try for 11-11-2013We need to say "thank you" to those brave men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. Returning heroes from new armed conflicts need the respite of a peaceful garden. plant a garden for your veteran? bring your veteran home to a victory garden? When I was younger, the Viet Nam War ended and (as a child of hippy peace-nicks) I didn't see why there would ever be another war. Who could know I would marry a Viet Nam Veteran? We have taught each other much.
When we first started dating, I don't think I understood that his military history grew out of who he is, and who he became after he came home was most definitely informed by his veteran status. There were the years he drank, and the time his discharge papers saved him from a speeding ticket. That was all before he met me, I thought, now that I had entered the picture, things would be different.
However, I also underestimated how much gardening has influenced my life. Every scrap of green, no matter how dead it appears, deserves to have a fair shot at becoming a lush green growing Garden of Eden. Living in New England especially, where the entire out-of-doors seems to shut down and give up every winter, I found a gardener's optimism to be the only useful response to despair. Themes of rebirth and renewal, expressed in vegtable gardening or farming, seemed an antedote to the wedding ringsmonths of darkness that come each year.
I planted seeds I didn't believe would grow and bulbs I had no faith would come up. My dear husband planted half-dead perennials on the Sale rack not knowing whether they would live or die..
.I was naive and short-sighted; there is always a need for a military, and we will always have veterans., and that otherwise there was no reason for soldiers. As an adult I understand the need for a standing Coast Guard and Armed Forces, and those that have bravely served the nation deserve recognition, appreciation, gratitude and respect. Killing fields to growing fields.More and more brave men and women return from tours of duty in the Armed Forces every year. Amazing improvements in medicine mean that where once, a person wounded in battle was likely to die of the wounds if not killed outright; now, if a person survives the initial salvo, field medics are likelier than ever to get you home alive. As a wheelchair-user myself, I keep track of Veterans Affairs advocacy groups, and I can tell you, we've come a long way from Porgy in his goat cart. What does this have to do with gardening, you ask? So do I!
Many people object to celebrating Veterans Day with a car sale or a three day weekend. In fact, when in 1968 Congress passed a bill creating three day weekends out of Washington's Birthday (now Presidents Day), Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day as well as Veterans Day, the public was confused. Veterans Day, or Armistice Day, Remembrance Day in Commonwealth Countries (the UK, Canada, Australia, and so on), had always been the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Veterans Day was returned to its traditional day in 1978 by President Ford's bill of 1975. Since 1978, we have coninued to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th each year.. Ray's story: isolated, didn't fit in, midsummer, Yankee's game breeze home smells of summer
World War One was thought to be THE WAR TO END ALL WARS at the time. (Nobody knew World War II was coming up.) .
Monday, October 15, 2012Indian Summer--when is it, and how do I have one at my new house?
In New England, many times we had an "Indian Summer," after the real summer was over.
If you haven't heard this expression before, let me explain. An Indian Summer is a warm dry period in the autumn, late September through early November, following a killing frost.
You've already been chilled to the bone, to the marrow, for the first time since last winter. And then...and then...comes this miraculously warm weather. Will the bulbs you just planted sprout too soon? Will the direct-seeded annuals you sprinkled too eagerly germinate and get frozen? Will the butterflies and songbirds, halfway to Mexico or Florida, maybe even Texas, make a U-turn and head back for Massachusetts or Vermont? None of those dire events are likely or even possible. New England knows it's New England, and so do all of the areas with freezing winters who have adopted the term.