Cover Photo: A photograph of a small vine in a vineyard, buried in dry-looking light brown soil. In the background, the sky is dark and filled with clouds.
Photograph courtesy of the author

Working on a Vineyard Taught Me to Slow Down and Pay Attention

We had no sense of “ecological time,” the cadence of the natural environment. Mostly, I experienced the natural world as lack.

Meg Bernhard is a writer from California's Inland Empire who spent several years living in Spain and Belgium. She's written for the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and others. An essay she wrote for Hazlitt about finding meaning in shared grief will be published in the 2021 Best American Travel Writing anthology. She is currently working on a book about wine and power.