Why We Need a New Kind of Homesteading

Why We Need a New Kind of Homesteading

‘Homesteading,’ whatever exactly it is, runs deep in the American psyche and history. Vast stretches of our nation were settled through it. A great number of our forebears—and here I do not mean only settlers or pioneers but people living for generations in one...
Rediscover the Ordinary This Spring

Rediscover the Ordinary This Spring

I am convinced that our most significant response to the challenges of our age will be in the most ordinary practices. I do not say the obvious but the ordinary. Ordinary is a great word; it means what pertains to the regular order. We live in a time when what used to...
When Life Is Even Better Than Gardening

When Life Is Even Better Than Gardening

I have discovered an arresting reference to how the drama of the soul is even better than the drama of the soil. Usually, we see how life is like cultivating the earth. Here, we have the joy of seeing how in a pivotal way it is significantly better. In examining the...
Lenten Resolutions: Sowing Good Seed

Lenten Resolutions: Sowing Good Seed

The life-lessons from sowing seed are endless. Not every seed we plant will grow; but nothing can grow except from seed. We should always begin then by planting what we want to grow, even if it might not come to full fruition. “Man casts seed to the ground, when he...
Wendell Berry Unveils Our Problem, and a Remedy

Wendell Berry Unveils Our Problem, and a Remedy

Reading Wendell Berry has helped me finally begin to grasp the challenges I face. It’s an astounding experience of, “Ah! That’s why so many things I want seem so far away!” Here are a few snippets from an amazing chapter titled, “The Body and the Earth” in his book...

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