Meanderings

A Writer’s View

A Writer’s View

When sitting at the computer I have only to look slightly left to see a substantial part of my rural kingdom. The view is through a window original to the house, double-hung, a single pane below and the top with two mullions, a three-over-one, one […]

Soil mineralization beyond NPK

Soil mineralization beyond NPK

Organic gardeners know about soil replenishment beyond nitrogen, phosphorous and potash. Plants may well grow with a shortage of micronutrients but their food quality will be diminished. For optimal human health, optimal soil health comes first. Unless we adhere to the closed-loop paradigms of permaculture […]

Monsters among us

Monsters among us

The modern corporate model is the Mafia. Make the family as large as possible, make the family interests diverse and widespread and kill anyone who offends the family or its interests. Modern corporations do this barely within the law through advertising, mergers, buyouts, lawsuits, payoffs. […]

Finding home with the first move

Finding home with the first move

There can be no vulnerability without risk;there can be no community without vulnerability;there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.M. Scott Peck Since moving from California to the Ozarks many years ago I have talked to and read about hundreds of urban […]

Spouses working together

Spouses working together

Can these marriages survive? There’s a new rumble in the land. It’s the sound of men and women working at home, 41 million of us, according to At Home Professional magazine. A substantial part of this group is spouses doing the entrepreneurial two-step in dining […]

The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden

“Find the shortest, simplest way between the earth, the hands, and the mouth.”Lanza Del Vasto  Nobody enjoys fresher food or a more satisfying vision from the kitchen window than those who keep a kitchen garden. Yes, the kitchen window, for no window in the house […]

Finding old-fashioned community

Finding old-fashioned community

“The common complaints of our time—loneliness, loss of values and meaning, lack of personal fulfillment, emptiness, disillusionment, powerlessness, and fear—are all symptoms that reflect our loss of community.”Kathleen Smith, Rebuilding Community in America If you seek traditional community then flee the city, escape the suburb. […]

Country neighbors are more important than city neighbors

Country neighbors are more important than city neighbors

“If you can’t use your neighbors, what’re they good for?”Farrell Berry, 92-year-old, self-described “hillbilly dirt farmer” I bought my first house in Concord, California, in 1963. I was the stereotypical proud new homeowner. The first Saturday morning, as I caressed trees, admired shrubs, delighted in […]