Blogging is an interesting medium. I have been extremely distracted the last few days, preparing my music for live performance, recruiting musicians, dealing with some release related issues, on top of my usual school work and other responsibilities. Thus the blog has been deadly silent. Yet thanks to the many, many posts I have done, people have continued to visit. Rest assured the blog has not “died” in any way.
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of Canadian short stories. This particular collection is organized thematically, and the editor has been quite clever in his selections. The section entitled “violence” the stories range from murder to a crop destroying hail storm. The loss of their entire wheat crop devastates the family in that latter story. It’s hard to fully grasp the precariousness of life in the past and in places where subsistence agriculture is the norm. Over time people all over the world have become disconnected from their food, and their food security has increased. In southern Ontario there is an ongoing battle over the conversion of agricultural land into suburbia. The various governments claim to be clamping down on sprawl. So far that seems to be the case, and it bodes well for the future of agriculture in this province.
A great deal has been written on this idea, and the story I’m refering to is Sinclair Ross’s A Field of Wheat.