As the reality of disappearing barns from America’s landscape takes hold, I think I’m captivated by the soul of something profoundly American … something of the back-breaking, sweaty toil that pioneered a nation … something nostalgic and slightly romantic that  I see in these cast-aside buildings.  ( The Love of Barns, part I)

I’ve lived in a large metropolitan area for over 30 years and am enamored by the city … but not nearly as enamored as I will forever be with the country.  Country life feeds my soul … it inspires me not only to dream but to labor … to strive for the values that are truly lasting in this short journey we call life on earth.

For the Love of Barns - Lovelier Still
Tulip Fields LaConnor, WA

Barns scream of hard work.

For the Love of Barns - Lovelier Still
That silo, though. (This barn sits south of Spokane WA off of Highway 27)
For the Love of Barns - Lovelier Still
Not a barn, but this old stone house in LaCrosse, Washington is just as fascinating and is a reminder of the pioneers that went ahead of us.

Relics of the past, these buildings of the pioneers remind us that every generation dreams dreams.

For the Love of Barns - Lovelier Still
This one feels like it’s right out of a scene from Little House on the Prairie. (Bannack State Park, MT)

I look at the price paid by those before me who gave everything to find a place in this world, and I ask myself, “Do I just live or do I ADVENTURE?”

For the Love of Barns - Lovelier Still
Micah, WA is a tiny industrial town famous for its Elk herds, farm lands, and now sadly … even a school shooting.  I wonder if the values of the past could heal the wounds of the present?

What do we become when all of the barns come down? What kind of a society is it that no longer needs the secrets of a barn?

For the Love of Barns - Lovelier Still
With its back to McCroskey State Park, this old barn (still in use) keeps watch over the Washington – Idaho border.

If there are really mansions waiting for us in heaven, I hope mine comes with a barn that I get to help build and then put to use.

For the Love of Barns - Lovelier Still
Idaho Panhandle. Makes you wonder what this was all about.

Think of what we’re missing in our culture: barn raisings … places to hide the messes in our lives … places to make more messes so that life can keep on giving …. refuges for wounded owls and feral cats. (The Love of Barns, Part I)


Thanks for stopping by to read.  Your “likes,” “comments,” and “follows” help me to grow my readership and community.  Thanks for using links and giving credit when you share. I appreciate you and am thrilled to have you along!  – Shelly

Note: I use a free blogging site, so the advertisements are part of the territory.  I don’t see the ads you do, so just know that they are not necessarily things I endorse.  =]