This new book is both whimsical and serious. Put together by long-standing PJC supporters Larry and Linda Hamilton, it is now available in the PJC Store.
Reading this charming book will change the way you look at the landscape. You will start noticing fences more, and wonder about why they are there and who built them. You will notice how they are built and from what materials. In other words, you will pause and listen for the interesting stories fences can tell.
Larry photographed fences around the world throughout his 70-year career as an educator and environmental conservation leader. He highlights both familiar and unfamiliar types, adding historic background and provocative commentary to pique your curiosity as he invites you to observe and reflect.
As we think about the stories embedded in fences, we see parallels between the physical fences and the psychological and cultural barriers we erect between ourselves. It is good to have a reminder that the effectiveness of both is limited and temporary. No fences are permanent. With time, they all do break down. The Hamiltons hope that understanding this will influence the fences readers themselves chose to build, maintain or tear down in their own lives.
Larry Hamilton was active for many years in the Will Miller Green Mountain Chapter of Veterans for Peace, and served as liaison between them and PJC, as they regularly co-sponsored activities and events. When he died in October 2016 at age 91, his natural energy and enthusiasm was still strong, but the fence book manuscript was only just begun. To honor Larry and the value of his concept, his wife Linda took up his notes and completed the project this year. She has generously donated copies to the PJC Store to sell as fund-raisers, –as well as fun-raisers, since Larry’s lilting voice rings from the pages with infectious enthusiasm for curiosity, learning and understanding.