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03-17-2017 05:03 PM - edited 03-17-2017 05:13 PM
It usually describes anyplace that used to be farmed or logged and now, has returned to its natural state or neglected vegetation.
Might be Poison Ivy, Sumac, buckthorn or those wondrous little growths that stab you in the most inopportune places at the worst possible times.
Or the Willy wags, backcountry, upcountry to many meanings for one little word.
if you want to become one with the puckerbrush, read, The Beans of Egypt, Maine. By Carolyn Chute. Or ""We Took is the Woods", if you read the latter I've met Ol' Rufus the olive oil child from the story but, that would be telling. Besides you need to read most of the book to read about Rufus.😎
03-17-2017 04:51 PM
Best I can say is if you spend enough time in Maine, Vermont or other very rural states - the silence does become almost a joyous thing to have.
Whether you're a flatlander or a local, it just becomes a welcome state of mind.
The woods become almost mystical and magical, my happiest moments were up to Camp2 hours from Home.
In the pucker brush, hours from people to interrupt the sounds of silence.
It still amazes me how easily after awhile in the woods that even city slickers, become Mainah in body, mind and spirit.
Course that might be Western Maine and parts of down east speaking, I've lived in both.
Highly educated or bare minimum if they read they become practical cogitators.
Deep thinkers - ayuh! Still a flatlander but,accepted.
I re-read the piece and yep have no trouble understanding why the hermit existed, Maine is a state of mind, body and soul.
Must be a reason why even total city slickers adapt so, quickly to towns that roll up the sidewalks after 9 pm.
36* and full sun
ps reading matter to understand rural even the pine barrens of jersey.
Pickup a book called, "We Took to the Woods" by Louise Dickinson Rich.
03-17-2017 10:27 AM
@LaDolceVita - I was sad reading the story, and about the limits of what could be done to help him. His thievery didn't bother me as much as I would have expected. I guess part of that was that rather than become dirty & ragged, he cared enough to take care of his hygiene (maybe not dental) & wear reasonable clothes. I would have been happier if his family helped him live in the woods, providing food & clothing for him, so he wouldn't have to steal it.
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03-17-2017 10:19 AM - edited 03-17-2017 10:35 AM
Really interesting story and new to me! I checked a few other sites which mention the hermit. I was strangely bothered by the criticism of some of the commentators. He strikes a chord with his reaction to the world being too full of noise & artificial color.
03-17-2017 08:26 AM
@LaDolceVita & anyone else interested in this fascinating Maine story from GQ: "The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit"
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03-17-2017 08:02 AM
15* slight wind 20mph partly cloudy but, no snow.
yaktrax rule on most streets.
ReAd and watched the news stories about the hermit. We're a big state in terms of land, water, lakes but, still tiny in terms of overall population - 1.33 million.
People can easily drop off planet in Maine for decades or their entire lives.
Off gridders, hermits, old veterans in tiny camps or houses oft times can be found in the woods or pucker brush. Yes, I can think of at least 2 camps that I stumbled upon 20 years back, with Vietnam Vets that just tired of people. One has returned to civilization the other still prefers his camp and no people, wildlife trumps people. Don't really blame 'me.
Kinda like the 1996 movie, "The Spitfire Grill" might be why we seem to have more than our fair share of write an essay include $150 and win an inn, restaurant, house cause I'm moving elsewhere.
Need coffee forgot where I was going, neighbor called with news of "Myth of Fingerprints" DVD and offer of viewing if I set up his surround sound. It'll get me out of the house, going upcountry. The movie filmed in my little backwater in 1997 was a dud, I thought. But, I could use an airing bout now!
03-17-2017 07:56 AM
Whoa: 80 degrees forecast for this weekend. If you need me, I'll be over here suffering from spring fever.
Good health neither comes cheap, nor is it easy.
03-16-2017 10:09 PM
We will get some Wintery mix tonight and rain tomorrow with warming Temps. I hope everyone has a great St Patrick's Day?
03-16-2017 10:30 AM
I don't know if it's good news or bad here for middle Georgia. We didn't break the record for the lowest temperature of 26 that was set in 1916. We only tied it. At least the sun is shinning and the wind appears to have died down. It's predicted to break 50 today and get back to our normal 60's for the weekend. By next week I should be talking about summer temperatures again.
03-16-2017 10:25 AM - edited 03-16-2017 10:32 AM
Here are our fire regulations here in Madison, WI. It is a metro area of a half million people. We live in the near Westside of the city. Our biggest issue is neighbor's smoke intuition into our home if we have our windows open.
I thought having an open fire was against Madison law. What are the rules regarding backyard fires?
"If the backyard fire is coming from an outdoor fireplace, there are some rules to follow, said Lori Wirth, spokeswoman for the Madison Fire Department. The fire pit has to be closed and have either a spark screen or spark arrestor, which will be a dome shape or a surrounding screen with a cover on top. There must be a pit to hold the wood, which can only be dry.
The fireplace can’t be used on a wooden deck, patio or porch, and must be more than 15 feet away from a building or lot line between properties. A fire extinguisher or garden hose must be readily available, and smoke from the fireplace can’t create a nuisance for others.
While outdoor fireplaces can be purchased at home improvement stores, open burning permits — for things like bonfires, fireworks or lawn and prairie burns — must be obtained through the fire department. Wirth said the department does not approve requests for bonfires since Madison is a dense area, but they do approve a lot of lawn and prairie burns to get rid of excess vegetation. In many cases, the department has to inspect the area prior to the burn.
The city’s general ordinances and the state fire code prohibit open burning without a permit, Wirth said. Those interested need to fill out an application 30 days prior to the date of the activity, and must pay between $50 and $250 depending on the type of burn. Campfires are not permitted in Madison because the city has no approved campgrounds, Wirth said."
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