It is a fact


“Burn down your cities but leave our farms and your cities will spring up again as if by magic.  But destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.”

W. J. Bryan  1896

photo: joseph rossbach

11 responses to “It is a fact

  1. Are the city dwellers aware of that… I guess not. For those who have, every possible want is easily satisfied, colourfully packaged, bleached clean and plastic wrapped (no need to wonder where it came from or if the people who worked at the production made enough money to look after their essentials).

  2. Those on farms flee to the city, those in cities flee to aloofness. That’s a cliched statement, of course, but cliches often have one foot in truth.

    No, I don’t think that city dwellers are (generally speaking) aware of the support on which they stand. A pen full of pigs seems far far removed from the World Trade Center.

    Maison D, onetime Parisian now thriving in rural Ireland, may your small farm prosper and be all parts light.

  3. Wow. This is snob talk to the ultimate. Some of the very best, most aware, healthy, loving, and beautiful people I know live in cities.

  4. I don’t believe anyone who has ever visited this site would disagree that “some of the very best, most aware, healthy, loving, and beautiful people…live in cities.” And neither do I, the tender of this site, disagree.

    My own pointed use of the word “aloofness”(notice I do call it “cliched”) is the closest suggestion here of snobbery. But a review of the personalities of all the world’s “very best, most aware, healthy, loving, and beautiful people who…live in cities” will reveal that these same people often (not always) tend, in spoken and unspoken ways, to distance themselves from rural farm life. To highlight the fact of this “habit” is in no way snobbery.

  5. The Editors of Garden Variety

    How extraordinarily beautiful!

  6. Truth.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  8. Beautiful photography and beautiful words. I did a quick Google search for Ed Sharron photography, but couldn’t find anything. Do you know if this artist has a website? I would love to purchase a copy of the print above!

  9. I looked, too. I have it wrong. The photo is by Joseph Rossbach. Here is his site. He sells prints. Hopefully he will sell you this one. All the best.

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