“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” (E.B. White)
Field Notes. A Blog of Story, Place & Ideas
On Saturday, I will be headed back to the Obras Foundation residency in the Alentejo region of Portugal, which borders Spain. (http://www.obras-art.org) I expect to be among eight other artists and writers for the month. Set between the ancient towns of Estremoz and Evora, the re-claimed farmhouse was turned into an artist residency by the charming Carolien van der Laan and Ludger van der Eerden. Here is what they say about their place:
“Our house: Monte da Marmeleria was built 200 years ago, probably with the stones that came from a quarry [on the property]. The estate of Marmeleira originally encompassed many thousands of hectares producing wheat, cattle, pork and charcoal. [Read more…] about Almost on my way back to Portugal!
Welcome to “Field Notes: A Journal of Story, Place, and Ideas” – my version of a blog. For those of you who have been following my old blog, past postings are still there living forever, I guess (lsbuck1.blogspot.com). From this day forward, everything new will be here. [Read more…] about Welcome to my new Field Notes Blog
(After Dudley Zopp’s “Geologics”)
It’s much quieter now. Boulders lie peacefully. A gentle wash of slate litters the hillside. Tree roots caress granite outcrops like old lovers, while igneous and metamorphic sleep together in erratic lineage, allowing lichen decades to creep across their backs. Lumpy ridges, glacial till dotted with ponds and marshes, eroded roots of volcanic chains — permeable or impermeable, but all waiting for exactly nothing. [Read more…] about Stonework