Gracy Olmstead
a monthly newsletter about place, books, and community
Created 30 May 2019
  • Granola Book Club!
    04 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Thank you to everyone who’s signed up for this year’s book club! I’ve thought up three Wendell Berry books that would be interesting and (hopefully) about the right length for a month of reading. Two ...
  • Build a bridge.
    01 Oct 2021 • 14 min read
    Jacoba van Heemskerck van Beest, Bridge, 1916 Bipartisanship is dying in the United States Senate, Lee Drutman wrote this week for FiveThirtyEight. “Congress is in full-on chaos mode” as politicians r...
  • Embracing slow growth
    20 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Winslow Homer,Warm Afternoon, 1878 We’ve found great organic produce here in the UK through Riverford Organic Farmers. Each delivery of fruit + veg comes with a little newsletter. When I read the news...
  • Hello from Oxford!
    17 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Harold C. Harvey (1874–1941), The Tea Table Dear friends, I’m writing from the living room of our little house in Oxford. We got here almost two weeks ago, and are slowly settling in. We owe a huge de...
  • Comments & Notes, re: "The wonders beyond your head"
    12 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Arthur Douglas Peppercorn (1847–1924), “Hay Cart in a Landscape” “Reading your Granola piece, I began reflecting a bit on the topic of photos… I recalled a time about two years ago when my daughter an...
  • The wonders beyond your head
    01 Sep 2021 • 12 min read
    First, thank you to all those who’ve started supporting this newsletter financially. I’m blown away, truly, and cannot thank you enough. And thank you to all who’ve emailed me, congratulating me on Ox...
  • Comments & Notes, re: "Living Like Perennials"
    31 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    From now on, I’m planning to share responses to the monthly email as a unique post. I don’t want them to get lost at the bottom of each month’s newsletter (and this way, you have the opportunity to co...
  • Living like perennials
    26 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Vincent Van Gogh, Green Wheat Fields, Auvers, 1890 When we moved into our Virginia home, our backyard boasted peonies, sunflowers, and a profusion of lilies. I couldn't wait to see daffodils bloom in ...
  • Your community is like a forest.
    26 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Narcisse Diaz de la Peña, Forest Scene, 1874 “I didn’t realize, I didn’t articulate at the time, that I had this reverence for trees,” Suzanne Simard explained in a recent interview with Emergent Maga...
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    26 Aug 2021
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