My Word of the Week: Make

My Word of the Week: Make

In Our Only World, Wendell Berry talks about making things in his essay, “Local Economies to Save the Land and the People.” As usual, Wendell is talking about much more than just the stuff we create, but this one point stood out to me as I thought about how little I actually make each day.

My Word of the Week: Do

My Word of the Week: Do

Two Sunday’s ago, Steve streamed the theme song from Rocky as I got up off the couch, walked into the kitchen, and pulled out packages of meat, pasta, rice, and vegetables. Over the next four hours, I chopped, I sauteed, I baked, I roasted, I blended, and then I bagged and packaged and wrapped. When the afternoon was over, I had filled the freezer with …

My Word of the Week: Food

My Word of the Week: Food

food – noun | \ˈfüd\ : the things that people and animals eat : a particular kind of food : substances taken in by plants and used for growth By the time I was peeling a dozen peaches with juice running down my arms, I already had the baked beans baking and the...
Finding My Way

Finding My Way

I was supposed to be doing the vacuuming and laundry and dishes–the normal cleaning that makes the house livable. And the house needed a good cleaning. It had been a busy week. But though I don’t even remember opening the cabinets or walking into the...
Week 1, Day 3: Roots

Week 1, Day 3: Roots

Friends were coming for dinner Sunday to light the first Advent candle, so I decided to make stew – a thick, rich stew full of root vegetables and hearty chunks of beef. Saturday, I had purchased four long, skinny yams from an Amish farmer with a bowl haircut....