Environmentalists come in different flavors. There are dirt environmentalists like Rachel Carson and Wendell Berry. There are ice environmentalists like Al Gore focusing on climate change. Here ice caps and polar bears become part of the narrative. And then there are chicken environmentalists. These tend to meddle with dinner and my Perdue Oven-Ready Roaster. This […]
I am passionate about food. Growing it, shopping for it, smelling it, cooking it and eating it. It seems it is hard for me to get enough of it.
That brings me to what struck me—maybe there are too many people who don’t know what superb, in-season produce tastes like; maybe those of us who live in this great, big country don’t give a thought to our food except to want it quick, easy, and cheap.
We live in a community where fast food is abundant. I wonder what children are growing up thinking as they fuel up with paper wrapped food often eaten in the car on the way somewhere.
While we were away in October for our vacation, I expected to review the milestones of Fifty Years of Marriage. Isn’t that what people do who survive that long? We would recount the ways God cared for us through the years. The best of times and the worst. And you would be so blessed. Merry […]
Ranchers have a choice: build fences or dig wells. Wells are the better choice. In the Australian outback there are two main methods of keeping cattle on a ranch. One is to build a fence around the perimeter of the ranch. The other is to dig a well in the center of the ranch. The […]
The facts are relatively simple. Many of our neighbors in our pluralistic world are non-Christians, and so have adopted world and life views that at some points at least contrast with Christian beliefs. Many have not just moved away from the Christian faith but for one or more reasons reject it as unattractive, implausible and […]
Seven years ago my wife Hannah and I started an organic vegetable farm in southeastern Minnesota. Like our homesteading ancestors we employed a lot of hard labor and sweat equity to establish our family and farm on what was a bare 30 acres of land. Until we finished building a house last year, we were […]
Earlier this summer we had this rather rash idea of taking Denis’ mother to Cinco de Mayo in West St. Paul. We knew she’d never experienced such frivolity, having been sheltered all 94 years of her life from such worldly expeditions. The outing measured up. There were thousands out to celebrate. There were women and […]
The tension of stewardship A few years ago Margie and I were invited to lecture in Florida, after which one of our hosts generously loaned us their cabin in the Keyes. Their place was situated on the water, and from the balcony we could look out at the shimmering blue water of the Gulf. The […]