Phil Camp began writing late in his life. After his career as a dairy farmer was over, and he had retired from working off-farm jobs, Phil had time to reflect on the many changes that had occured during his lifetime. Sitting in his favorite chair and looking out over his "Night Pasture", he wrote his stories in longhand, with pencil and paper, to later be committed to type by his wife Marie. With help from Marie and his daughter Dianne, seven books of his short stories were published. Six are offered here; the seventh, "Remembering Yesterday", has long been sold out.
When Phil was a young man deciding that he would be a farmer, life was very different from today. Phil's first source of power for farm work was a team of horses. Later, he farmed with tractors. He grew up in a world of subsistence farming and living off the land. Spring water was supplied to the house and barn via gravity, and there were big gardens, outhouses, and "putting up" of the winter food supply. Character was built by living by one's wits without the benefit of very much money. Most of Phil's neighbors in South Kent shared the same lot in life, and when called upon, pulled together in a web of interdependency that is rarely seen today.
As an older man, Phil saw a world where food was purchased at the store, having been produced on large factory farms far away from home. He watched society enter the electronic age, with a man walking on the moon, computers, and a greatly increased pace of living. In the neighborhood where he had lived and worked all of his life, not much farming was being done anymore, and fields were being replaced by large lots for second home builders from the city.
Phil Camp's stories are drawn from his lifetime of rural living, a life that he loved, and one that has mostly disappeared. We hope you'll join him for a look back at simpler times, honest values, hard work, and a life rich with experiences.