“To appreciate the wild and sharp flavors of these October fruits, it is necessary that you be breathing the sharp October or November air. The out-door air and exercise which the walker gets give a different tone to his palate, and he craves a fruit which the sedentary would call harsh and crabbed. They must be eaten in the fields, when your system is all aglow with exercise, when the frosty weather nips your fingers, the wind rattles the bare boughs or rustles the few remaining leaves, and the jay is heard screaming around. What is sour in the house a bracing walk makes sweet. Some of these apples might be labeled, To be eaten in the wind.” – Henry David Thoreau
Summer has ended, and what a challenging resilience-demanding season it was. I feel like this year has been a deep immersion into adaptation, contemplation, gratitude, and humility.
For me, my contemplation is in the future and how I want to use my time, so I can adapt and pivot from the direction that I was heading to one that is more authentic with my values.
I’m shifting my energies with the website for a while or perhaps forever. More sloyd, less social media. I plan to write more on the website’s journal section. If you enjoy my rambles, please consider signing up for my email newsletter. It’s quarterly, but it may switch to monthly, and that will be the place where I share most of my thoughts about books, carving, and life going forward.
Lastly, I want to share my gratitude with everyone who took the time to do an interview with me. The connection meant a lot and the thoughts you shared about carving and life inspired me and many other readers too. Thanks!