Wednesday Quotes
Why Everyone Should Plant Seeds This Week
August 5, 2015

“Of the art of acquisition [of food] then there is one kind which by nature is a part of the management of a household, in so far as the art of household management must either find ready to hand, or itself provide, such things necessary to life…” Aristotle, Politics Eating is not […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Sweet Gift from Heaven
July 29, 2015

“The heavenly gift of honey…” Virgil, The Georgics Thus Virgil opens his final book of The Georgics. Perhaps these words rolled of his pen with hardly a thought; or maybe they were very deliberate. Either way they express a sentiment, an insight that can hardly be missed by an earnest observer of […]

Wednesday Quotes
Knowing the Place We Call Home
June 17, 2015

“He who intends to practice economy aright ought to be fully acquainted with the places in which his labor lies…” Aristotle, Economics Aristotle often provides us with simple, practical insights. In words redolent of the works of Wendell Berry he directs our attention to place. Place matters. Too often we try to […]

Wednesday Quotes
Living Pleasantly from the Land
March 18, 2015

“In the first place, thanks to those who work it, the land bears not only the means for people to live, but also bears the means for them to live pleasantly.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager This past week I planted my spring greens. There is something about placing seeds in the ground. […]

Slaughtering Pigs Today
November 7, 2014

Today begins the annual pig slaughter at my home. It is always a momentous occasion. Of its many unforgettable moments I think my favorite is when the pig’s carcass has been split in half lengthwise, and laid out on our antique oak butcher board. A side of a pig is one of […]

Wednesday Quotes
Last Chance to Plant
August 27, 2014

“Do remember that each kind of work has its season…” Hesiod, Works and Days A simple, mundane truth about the end of August. The mid-Atlantic growing season is moving toward its completion, so now is the last opportunity in the garden to plant something that can grow to fruition this year—such as […]

Wednesday Quotes
When Your Way of Life is Out of Date
May 21, 2014

“…your whole way of life is out of date when compared with theirs. And it is just as true in politics as it is in any art or craft: new methods must drive out old ones…” Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (Corinthians speaking to Spartans, about Athenians, trying to convince them […]

We Need More Fires
February 6, 2014

“Fire is a capital article. To have no fire, or a bad fire to sit by, is a most dismal thing. In such a state man and wife must be something out of the common way to be in good humor with each other…” William Cobbett, Cottage Economy In this coldest winter […]

My Appearance on EWTN on Slow Food
November 27, 2013

Wednesday November 27 at 6pm and 9pm I will be appearing on EWTN News Nightly. I was extensively interviewed and filmed with my family (and pigs) at our home. The segment is about the SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT. Here is a link to view it by live streaming. I am not sure at what […]