Monthly Archives: February 2011

Yad Vashem

            I had an aunt Marion, the gentlest and strongest of souls, who was from Amsterdam, and who, during World War II,  made a practice of  getting papers to name Jewish children as her own, to keep them safe, to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Soil

“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” –Franklin D.  Roosevelt

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The great potato roll

Now this is the truth.     Not long ago, a neighboring farmer had in his possession endless fields of shredded cornstalks rolled into round bales. They were cow fodder, but he agreed to part with some for a low price, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tomato transplants

Today, Feb. 23, I’m transplanting tomatoes from  1.5-inch cells into deep 4-inch pots, and found that the roots are alreading climbing down out of those little cells. The babies are 5 inches long, root tip to leaves, after only 3 weeks … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Chaos

Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and building a wall. –Robert Frost

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A lovely moment

One of the happiest moments of my life occurred years ago when I lost my publishing job. I’d been editor of Country Journal magazine for years, but the parent company was positioning its magazines for sale, and let its higher-paid … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Antioxidants

Fruits and vegetables grown organically have higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants than conventional food, and the difference is enough to have a “significant impact on health and nutrition,” according to a recent study published in the journal of the American … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment