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By John, Joseph Mathews

Speaking to the Moon is an strange and fascinating tale of a Thoreau-like experience in distant northeastern Oklahoma.Following his college schooling and his carrier as a pilot in international struggle I, John Joseph Mathews back to his cherished Osage kingdom. He outfitted a sandstone residence on a blackjack-covered ridge in the course of his ranch, and there he lived for ten years, stirred through a wildlife that was once nonetheless undisturbed via the calls for of civilization. He grew to become part of the lifestyles that moved approximately his cottage.In this gorgeous account of what he observed and did and idea, Mathews describes his solitary existence one of the creatures of the ridge with infrequent conception and style.His observations are in accordance with the white man's seasons in addition to the Indian cycles of the moon, and he discourses upon the oddities of guy, the habit of animals (including the communicative speaking to-the-moon coyote), and the surrounding and specific fantastic thing about his desert domestic. Even the main jaded reader can be touched via the sensitivity and generosity of Mathews' reaction to the wildlife. To learn chatting with the Moon is to be reminded that this global as soon as existed for we all.

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I had not been compelled to live where coal smoke settled on the curtains and on my face and hands, nor had I been compelled to live where the streams ran with varicolored chemicals and stank as Styx might have stunk. I could live beyond the screaming of steel and away from the regions which were made desolate by industry, and I could enjoy the result of industry by my appreciation of the marvels of American architecture and the large cities which it made imposing and overpowering, and the other marvels which a mechanical philosophy had inspired.

The plans called for a house thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide over all, with a single room and a box kitchen. Because of its Page 6 six-by-twelve dimension, the kitchen was supposed to discourage the assemblage of guests. I told the contractor that I wanted the house built with eighteen-inch walls, with weathered stone on the inside as well as on the outside, and with the spaces between filled with chipped sandstone; the whole to be built around a fireplace of limestone and firebrick. He was very eager to begin; this was in 1932, and my contractor was worried.

I had believed that any changes in social government should be evolutionary and had been quite satisfied that such changes would be under the natural laws of progression. The fact that I had lived to see the end of a period in this progression when the exploitation of natural resources of a continent had reached a saturation point, under the berserk methods of economically, socially, and politically liberated Europeans called Americans, was very interesting; and even though I came to the blackjacks in the middle of the depression, I could not be too disturbed.

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