Never Curse the Rain

A Farm Boy’s Reflections on Water
Author: Jerry Apps
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 0870207954
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 141
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Growing up on the family farm, Jerry Apps learned from a young age that water was precious. The farm had no running water, a windmill pumped drinking water for the small herd of cattle, and Jerry and his brothers hauled bucket after bucket of water for the family’s use. A weekly bath was considered sufficient. And when it rained, it was cause for celebration. Indeed, if ever the Apps boys complained about a rainy day spoiling their plans, their father admonished, "Never curse the rain," for the family’s very livelihood depended upon it. In Never Curse the Rain, Jerry shares his memories of water, from its importance to his family’s crops and cattle to its many recreational uses—fishing trips, canoe journeys, and the simple pleasures of an afternoon spent dreaming in the haymow as rain patters on the barn roof. Water is still a touchstone in Jerry’s life, and he explores the ways he’s found it helpful in soothing a troubled mind or releasing creativity. He also discusses his concerns about the future of water and ensuring we always have enough. For, as Jerry writes, "Water is one of the most precious things on this planet, necessary for all life, and we must do everything we can to protect it."

Every Farm Tells a Story

A Tale of Family Values
Author: Jerry Apps
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 0870208640
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 176
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Jerry Apps details the virtues and hardships of rural living. “Do your chores without complaining. Show up on time. Do every job well. Always try to do better. Never stop learning. Next year will be better. Care for others, especially those who have less than you. Accept those who are different from you. Love the land.” In this paperback edition of a beloved Jerry Apps classic, the rural historian captures the heart and soul of life in rural America. Inspired by his mother’s farm account books—in which she meticulously recorded every farm purchase—Jerry chronicles life on a small farm during and after World War II. Featuring a new introduction exclusive to this 2nd edition, Every Farm Tells a Story reminds us that, while our family farms are shrinking in number, the values learned there remain deeply woven in our cultural heritage.

Living a Country Year

Wit and Wisdom from the Good Old Days
Author: Jerry Apps
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 0870208624
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 192
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Jerry App’s farm stories open the barn door to understanding life in the country. “Even with the all the hard work, we had more time (perhaps we took more time) to enjoy what was all around us: nights filled with starlight, days with clear blue skies and puffy clouds. Wonderful smells everywhere—fresh mown hay, wildflowers, and apple blossoms. Interesting sounds—the rumble of distant thunder, an owl calling in the woods, a flock of Canada geese winging over in the fall.” In this paperback edition of a beloved Jerry Apps classic, the rural historian tells stories from his childhood days on a small central Wisconsin dairy farm in the 1930s and 1950s. From a January morning memory of pancakes piled high after chores, to a June day spent learning to ride a pony named Ginger, Jerry moves through the turn of the seasons and teaches gentle lessons about life on the farm. With recipes associated with each month and a new introduction exclusive to this 2nd edition, Living a Country Year celebrates the rhythms of rural life with warmth and humor.

Once a Professor

A Memoir of Teaching in Turbulent Times
Author: Jerry Apps
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 0870208586
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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Farm boy professor shares a life of lessons. “I never wanted to be a professor,” writes Jerry Apps in the introduction to Once a Professor. Yet a series of unexpected events and unplanned experiences put him on an unlikely path—and led to a thirty-eight-year career at the University of Wisconsin. In this continuation of the Apps life story begun in his childhood memoir Limping through Life, Wisconsin’s celebrated rural storyteller shares stories from his years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1957 to 1995, when he left the university to lecture and write fulltime. During those years Apps experienced the turmoil of protests and riots at the UW in the 1960s, the struggles of the tenure process and faculty governance, and the ever-present pressure to secure funding for academic research and programs. Through it all, the award-winning writer honed a personal philosophy of education—one that values critical thinking, nontraditional teaching approaches, and hands-on experiences outside of the classroom. Colorful characters, personal photos, and journal entries from the era enrich this account of an unexpected campus career.

Simple Things

Lessons from the Family Farm
Author: Jerry Apps
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 0870208888
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 160
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In this collection of thoughtful essays, Jerry Apps reflects on the “simple things” that made up everyday life on the farm—an old cedar fencepost, Fanny the farm dog, the trusty tools used for farmwork, the kerosene lantern the family gathered around each morning and evening. As he holds each item up to the light for a closer look, he plumbs his memories for the deeper meanings of these objects, sharing the values instilled in him during his rural boyhood in the 1940s and 1950s. He concludes that people who had the opportunity to grow up on family farms gained useful skills, important knowledge, and lifelong values that serve them well throughout their lives. Apps captures and shares those things for people who remember them and those who never had the benefit of living on a small farm.

The Ohio Cultivator

A Semi-monthly Journal, Devoted to the Improvement of Agriculture and Horticulture, and the Promotion of Domestic Industry
Author: Michael B. Bateham
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Agriculture
Page: N.A
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Das Buch Jesaia


Author: Bernhard Duhm
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 9783525516560
Category: Bible
Page: 490
View: 8541

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Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit


Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
Category: History
Page: 528
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music and the Drama
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: England
Page: N.A
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Sie nannten mich "Es"

Der Mut eines Kindes zu überleben
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641108632
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 160
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Das Trauma einer Kindheit: Dave wird von der eigenen Mutter gequält und mißhandelt. Von blauen Flecken übersät und halb verhungert, fällt der Junge auf, weil er Mitschülern das Pausenbrot stiehlt. Bis seine Lehrer es wagen, gegen die Mutter einzuschreiten, vergehen Jahre. Es gelingt ihm, sich aus der Hölle zu befreien. Ein erschütternder Bericht, geschildert aus der Perspektive des kleinen Jungen, der uns alle mit der Frage konfrontiert, wie lange man die Augen vor elterlicher Gewalt verschließen darf.