|Orion, as seen from my country sky|
The Star Splitter by Robert Frost
`You know Orion always comes up sideways.
Throwing a leg up over our fence of mountains,
And rising on his hands, he looks in on me
Busy outdoors by lantern-light with something
I should have done by daylight, and indeed,
After the ground is frozen, I should have done
Before it froze, and a gust flings a handful
Of waste leaves at my smoky lantern chimney
To make fun of my way of doing things,
Or else fun of Orion's having caught me.’
The constellation Orion is a huge, magnificent sight to see as it rises over the horizon. To watch it is as awesome these days as it was during ancient times, when people referred to it as “The Hunter”.
To read Robert Frost’s story of what a particular farmer, probably in the 1920’s, did in order to have better views of his country sky, and what the star splitter is , go here . I know that you’ll enjoy Frost's wordsmithing, and the next time we have a clear sky, I encourage you to go have a look at the Mighty Hunter. While you are there, look for his dog, too. Hint: It contains the brightest star in the sky.
We country folk are lucky to have stars; there are actually people who live in big cities, like Tokyo, who've never seen star because of light pollution. Isn't that sad?
Who We Are
The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.
Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.
The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.