The Good Life

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Since the time of Aristotle and the Greek philosophers, humans have debated just what the good life is. Champagne and caviar? Solitude by Walden Pond?

Spring peepers and poetry

This email is too good not to share with international friends. It comes from our friend Erik Hoffner at Orion magazine, which has offices on Main Street in Great Barrington, only an eight-minute walk from the offices of Berkshire Publishing. A peeper, for those of you who have not lived in New England, is a tiny frog that makes a great deal of noise. They are the sound of springtime here - until the birds arrive, of course. So far, only geese, not flocks of chattering birds. The fact that [...]

March 12th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Brown Bread (Grant Loaf)

Makes 3 loaves Brown Bread (Grant Loaf) #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe Type: Bread Author: Karen Christensen (with thanks to Doris Grant) Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: 3 loaves The famous "Grant loaf" created during World War II to enable English cooks to make a healthy, wholesome loaf with local wheat, instead of wheat imported from the United States. This bread is a staple at our house - excellent as toast. One of our favorite winter snacks is toast with sardines [...]

March 3rd, 2012|Categories: Home Ecology|Tags: , |

About “A Smaller Circle”

I was commissioned to write a book called A Smaller Circle: The Search for Community in 1990 by a London publisher, Random Century, part of Random House. The acquisitions editor described it as

January 21st, 2012|Categories: Community|Tags: |

Welcome home

My usual walk is to Lake Mansfield, through the neighborhood we call "The Hill." I occasionally see people but not many. It's a quiet neighborhood, and even quieter along the lake until you get to the beach (busy this time of year). But this morning we needed milk so I walked down the hill to Main Street, to the Berkshire Coop. I had other on-foot errands (dropping boxes of cereal the no one likes at the food pantry and returning hangers to the drycleaners) I could do. More important, I [...]

‘Food raves’ are the future of eating, new report claims – Telegraph

I hadn't realized that I need to write about the acid house rave movement in my book on community! This is a fascinating article though, from the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph (not owned by Murdoch but traditionally conservative/Tory, with very large readership): Rather than eating out in traditional restaurants, Britons will increasingly share meals at home with neighbours and other members of their community. There will also be an escalation of informal open-air

August 8th, 2011|Categories: Community|Tags: , |