Whew! It's been a while!
It feels good to write to you all again. During my break from writing here, I've been working on some other writing, for this book I'm authoring. I'll keep it a secret as to what it's about, so you all have something to look forward to, but I'll give the first hint: It's an academic book! I'm beyond excited, and ridiculously tired from researching, but it's all in a hard day's work, huh? I've been working on it for a year and a half, and my goal right now is to finish all the research this summer. And, I counted--as of today, I have 90 pages written. Not gloriously finished, and ready for publish, but written nonetheless. I haven't counted my pages for research material yet, but I do have an 11 page bibliography that's Spot On. Ha ha ha! Research goddess, no?
The latest book I finished pulling quotes on is called Habibi by Craig Thompson. It's an astonishingly beautiful graphic novel about the life of two slave children. One, a slave because of her gender, a sex slave. The other, a slave because of his skin color. Lost in time and in place in the Middle East, one wonders where and when this book takes place--as it tells tales and spills forth pains of the past, present, and future. This wasn't the first time I read this amazing book, I bought it secondhand last black Friday (what a ridiculous, made up "holiday" but if I'm going to take part, y'all know I'm buying books) and have been making all of my friends read it since. It's a quick read because your eyes will be glued to its beauty--it even brings beauty to the horrid. You won't want to look up.
I have to share with you all my favorite passage, "Dodola: What happened to my child?
Zam: She’s been with you all along. Try holding her instead.
Dodola: My arms aren’t big enough."626
My heart breaks each time. But sometimes, to feel and know that you are human, and to fully live your one life, is the most beautiful thing you can do.
Send all your strength to me in this time of research, I'll need it. In the meantime, I'll be working hard! Write to you all later about the quilt! Much love!
So the saga of my college career continues! To bring you all up to date, I had transferred to the University of Louisville this past semester to be closer to home and to save money, but I really didn't like it. Upon further thought, I decided to go back to my first college, Appalachian State University. I was so excited and had almost everything ready and was about to finalize housing, and I got a very amazing email.
So I have a secret! It's something I've been dying to share with you all since the day I started blogging, and is actually one reason why I started blogging. I wanted this to be an end goal of my blog. Thankfully, I won't be ending my blog, more like ending a chapter of my blog. Don't worry, I will keep writing!
Let's spill the beans: I've been working all of last semester to apply for this amazing opportunity--The Wendell Berry Farming Program through Sterling College in Vermont. I didn't want to mention it because I thought it would be really uneventful if I didn't get in, so I thought I wouldn't get my hopes up. Only 12 people are admitted to the program, and this is the inaugural year. Through all the trials and tribulations, I applied and was put on the wait list. There was still a chance I could get in, but I was kind of devastated. If I didn't get into the program, I wouldn't really be able to afford college without going through a lot of debt--which is ultra-no-bueno as a farmer. I was second on the wait list, and y'all should know now, I sure as heck waited. Well, about a week ago, I received the email that I was accepted! I was overcome with happiness, as this was an absolute dream of mine, in addition to the perk that it is tuition free. I am officially going to this program, The Wendell Berry Farming Program through Sterling College, which is held in Henry County KY! My dream has come true!
Disco Chicken of Love
sTate fair ready!
seed starting 2019
ky state fair quilt
A sustainability major at U of L, beginning farmer, crafter, and writer.