If we were forced to pick one thing that represents the essence of our motivation behind this project, it would be this poem. It is one item in a patchwork of inspiration that has lead up to this direction and it has just resurfaced with brand new meaning. The Summer Day by Mary Oliver Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar... Read the Rest →
The Plough and Stars Project is a year-long narrative by us - photojournalists Erik Jacobs and Dina Rudick - chronicling our family's attempt to become first generation farmers through The Farm School in Athol, Massachusetts. It is a weekly story, told in two parts - words and photos - about the challenges of living our values through life on the farm, the inspiration that sustains us and the lessons learned throughout. The first day of Farm School began on October 4th. You can start there or dive right into this week's post. Either way, please be sure to follow the 'more photos' link at the end of each post. Thanks for visiting!
Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere - If you’re feeling a little caged in by life and would rather be imagining your happy place, here’s your outlet - a collection of big beautiful photos of cabins from all around the world. Despite the URL this links to, we promise it isn’t spam. Be forewarned, it is a 28-page black hole that you may not crawl out of for until the end. But it is oh so satisfying. Our favorite? It is a cabin at Dunton Hot Springs, an old mining village turned rustic retreat... Read the Rest →
We love a lot about Rumi, but we seem to be completely dependent on others to dredge up his gems. We have a book of his poetry and have yet to find a single poem that grabs us as much as the ones other people find. I’m not sure why this is. But Arthur Zajonc in his book Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry found this one, which knocked our socks off. (In honor of this poem, we have proactively named one guest room at Plough and Stars “Rumi with a View”) This being... Read the Rest →