Attention Deficit

Have we all lost our ability to focus attention? I was re-reading some of my old blog entries and remember sitting in my living room writing them. I remember being more focused. I must have been since I was putting out three and four paragraphs instead of my measly two paragraphs lately. The ideas seemed more complex than the ‘boy it’s been hot and dry’ weather reports of this summer. Have I lost my writing mojo or is there something else at play?

Honestly, I think we may have all fallen in an internet attention-suck and it sets our minds into a hazy blurring of pixels and real life. Time gets weird in this environment and human connections get less deep and that worries me. Some yoga guru said once ‘Where your attention goes, so does your energy.’ Jesus also once said ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ According to these ancient thoughts, most of us are dumping our full life force into a large room filled with dazzling colors and a huge number of people yelling at each other, all via an internet connection. It’s hard not to look, especially when the addictive mini slot machines we have in our pockets continually ding when another person in the big room utters something. We don’t have to live like this.

I know that I simply sound like an old angry man out of touch with modern America, but I feel there’s a farming angle here, so hear me out. If we are to do anything well, we need attention and farming is no different. We need undivided attention to push through individual tasks and projects on farm, but we also need attention to study and implement strategies for a whole food system. I know that farming needs to be a large part of the climate change puzzle if we are to build a world that is not just habitable, but, I hope, enjoyable. This will take strategic thinking. The internet ought to be our tool we use like a hammer or shovel in this endeavor, not a source of never-ending cotton candy that distracts our attention from doing the work before us.

In the box:

  • Butternut Winter Squash: The tan one.
  • Red Kuri or Red Kabocha Squash: The red ones.
  • Lunchbox Snacking Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac: Yes, it’s a weird-looking vegetable, but packed with celery flavor in the bulb. Peel and slice/dice bulb in where ever you’d use celery like a soup. Stores very well in crisper
  • Onions
  • Fresh Oregano
  • Roma Tomatoes

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