SCRATCHING THE WOODCHUCK: NATURE ON AN AMISH FARM
Author: David Kline
David Kline came upon a sleeping woodchuck one summer day as he walked the land near his farm. In an eloquent gesture of Kline's relationship with the natural world, he scratched the animal gently with his walking stick, and the sleeping creature arched its back with pleasure at the attention.
Like its title, this collection of essays on nature, farming, animals, insects, and other topics bespeaks the gentle demeanor and appreciation for nature that shape the author's descriptions of the world around him. Whether sharing his fondness for watching clouds while he rests his horses or planting flowers in his favorite spot in the woods, David Kline offers a view of life that few of us take the time to experience. Scratching the Woodchuck resounds with knowledge, reverence, and a joyful spirit.
Following Kline's explorations of the landscape and animals around his farm is to sense and come to share his respect for and unity with the earth.