Sunday, June 11, 2017

What's Your Hurry?

This past week I began reading a book by Carl Honore, an Italian born author. His book: IN PRAISE OF SLOWNESS: CHALLENGING THE CULT OF SPEED got me thinking. Why are we in such a hurry? Driving faster, having ever-faster performing computers, writing quick little notes on Twitter or on Email. Rushing from here to there, as my late father would say, “Like chickens with our heads cut off.”

Honore wrote, “But now the time has come to challenge our obsession with doing everything more quickly. Speed is not always the best policy. Evolution works on the principle of survival of the fittest, not the fastest.”

As an octogenarian (I still have trouble spelling the word to say nothing about living with the designation), the aging process has forced me to slow down. To walk more slowly, to alas, think more slowly, to do almost everything more slowly.

A cheery note on this warm June Sunday morning. What I am doing because of necessity appears to be the right thing for everyone to do. Slow down. Take your time.

Hiking in my woodlot at Roshara, where the wild Geraniums grow (see photo above) is one way for me to do it.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: What’s your hurry?

SPECIAL NOTICE: My newest book, “Old Farm Country Cook book” (with my daughter, Sue) is just off the presses. It should be in the bookstores in a week or two. See notes below for upcoming launches of the book.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Friday, August 18, 9-4:00 p.m. The Clearing, Door County.
Call 920-854-4088. Limited enrollment.


Friday July 7, 7:30, Village Booksmith, Baraboo, WI

Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. Middleton Public Library. Launch of Sue’s and my new book: OLD FARM COUNTRY COOKBOOK.

Wednesday, July 26, (time to be announced) Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Central Wisconsin launch of OLD FARM COUNTRY COOKBOOK.

Saturday, July 29, 1:00 p.m. Symco Thresheree , Symco, WI

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 nonfiction book, Never Curse the Rain, and his newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. Also available are Wisconsin Agriculture: A History,
Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their own stories.

Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984

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