in the course of one week we have gone from almost 100 degree temperatures to rain and lows in the 50’s. it is truly starting to feel like fall. i love fall, it is actually my favorite season. but i don’t love that winter follows it so closely. fall in michigan always seems so short in comparison to fall in maryland. winter comes much more quickly here. in preparation for my show that is currently up i spent a lot of time reading about the life of john chapman ( aka johnny appleseed) and pioneer times. winter during those times was a life or death situation, but with the rising costs of food, gas, oil and the shrinking job possibilities it seems that winter is becoming more of a life or death situation to more people. john chapman was tough rugged man. he lived largely outdoors and alone, surviving the elements and living off the earth. he was an animal lover and committed vegetarian. he fervently believed in the new church of swedenborg and spent most of his life planting apple orchards spreading the good word. as a man he is very different from the myth that was created around him. the myth softened the edges and gentled the wild man, and made a more palatable version of this man. ultimately, as these things often go, the man is much more interesting than the myth. below is a paper cut from my series about his life. more creative spaces here.
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