“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Muriel Rukeyser – American poet & political activist, Dec. 15, 1913 – Feb. 12, 1980
For two weeks I will be sharing a daily post that illustrates and celebrates Women in Agriculture in some form or fashion.
The following explains my purpose & inspiration:
First – the commercial:
1. VISIT local author Megan Mayhew Bergman’s website to learn about her soon-to-be-released and already-acclaimed collection of historical fiction stories about Almost Famous Women.
2. ENTER RAFFLE to win her soon-to-be-released book, already lauded by such notables as New York Times Sunday Book Review (with Anjelica Huston), The Boston Globe, Kirkus, Bustle, Publisher’s Weekly and more.
Win: One winner will be selected on January 6, 2015 to receive(in addition to pre-ordered book) one hardbound Almost Famous Women, signed by Megan Mayhew Bergman, One Dozen Almost Famous Women Biscotti from our farm, individually wrapped and packaged, & a visit with the author, (up to two hour drive or via Skype)
How to enter the raffle: Pre-Order the book from this great Indy bookstore, Battenkill Books, in our backyard. On the order form, there is a place for comments. In this section type the Promotional Code: ALMOSTFAMOUSFARMWOMEN
*Also, if there is an interest or need to order 5 or more copies of AFW(holiday presents, anyone?!), there is a 10% discount being offered. You just have to email Connie at the bookstore to place the order : firstname.lastname@example.org And yes, if you included the Promotional Code in your email with Connie, that would enter you into the raffle as well. I will announce the winner on January 6th, 2015 in this blog and on other social media platforms.*
Megan’s writing reads like silk, clearly depicting characters’ that teach. Her stories make you catch your breath and consider, quite often leading to analyzing how and why and what. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read & re-read particular sketches to see if I could figure out a different means to the end, a way to cut through the tragedy or embrace the comedy of the characters’ experiences.
Next – the inspiration:
3. In appreciation and honor of the 13 stories Megan has written about the face of adversity, the growth lessons from the less-than-leading lady, the heartsick or heartswollen moments that make up life, I felt moved to share a message or memento about women in agriculture that are almost famous in their own rites.
One-a-day-quick-reads introducing glimpses into local, regional, national and international women farmers to educate & highlight the ‘ordinary heroines’ that have contributed blood, sweat and tears with little to no glamour. I hope by lifting up women in all industry, but particularly women farmers, we offer empowerment & values to future generations, break the barriers that discourage respect, and take away an appreciation that we require in order to continue to feed and clothe the world in a sustainable & humane manner.
Stay with me through this – it’s something we can and should feel excited to discover, explore and have conversations about. I look forward to sharing stories, not atoms, over the next 13 days.