People have forgotten the importance of a nap. The power of resting. The need to rejuvenate. It’s hurry to do this and hurry to do that. Every day, every week, all year long. No time for resting, no time to nap. Keep moving, keep doing
Even nature knows better. The trees, and the grasses and the wildflowers, and many creatures that live in the wild take long winter naps. And what do we humans do, we keep on trudging along, come high water or deep snow, temps in the 90s or those below zero. Although resting is in our DNA—most of us know enough to get a good night’s sleep—we don’t know enough to rest during the day.
Why is this? Is it a fear that if we rest, somebody will out do us? Does our competitive nature overshadow our need to slow down once in a while—or even stop “doing” on occasion and do nothing?
Or is it because those of us who grew up when times were tough in this country learned at an early age that we must work, work, work—or we wouldn’t have anything to eat, or a decent roof over heads? Or is it something else?
I’m thinking about all this as I listen to thunder booming and see raindrops skidding down my office window on this restful afternoon.
The Old Timer Says: It’s time for a nap.
Writing From Your L ife: A second Clearing Writing Class is scheduled for Friday, October 28. Call 920-854-4088 to Register.
August 9, 6:30 p.m. Winnebago County Historical Society. Oshkosh Library. History of Wisconsin Agriculture
August 12, 9-4, Writing Workshop, The Clearing, Door County. (Filled)
August 20, 10:30-11:30 am. Waupaca Annual Arts on the Square. Story telling
August 22, 7:00 p.m., Twin Cities Public TV. Live appearance. The Land With Jerry Apps
August 30, 7:00 p.m. Milwaukee Public TV. Live appearance. The Land With Jerry Apps
September 8, 7:00 p.m. McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids. Workshop on memoir writing. Participants should have a copy of TELLING YOUR STORY. Books will be available for sale the evening of the workshop.
Materials at the Patterson Memorial Library
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Jerry’s newest books, Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their stories—are also available.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street