One Man's Ruminations About Faith, Family, and Livin' The Good Life
"If a community, or a section, or a race, or an age, is groaning under industrialism, and well aware that it is an evil dispensation, it must find a way to throw it off. To think that this cannot be done is pusillanimous. And if the whole community, section, race, or age thinks it cannot be done, then... it has doomed itself to impotence." —Twelve Southerners
Another Summer Evening's Meal
So much of "the good life" revolves around food. Good food. Food that you and your family have grown and prepared and put up yourself. Not fancy food. Simple food. Food like shown in the photo above.
A couple weeks ago, Marlene and I and our three sons sat down to eat at the picnic table in our backyard and this is what we had. As I walked out to the table and saw the food Marlene informed me that it was all from our own homestead. I looked at my plate and said, "Hold everything! I've got to get a picture of this!"
So I stood on the picnic table seat, aimed the camera down and captured this image of a typical summer meal. It is the kind of meal we dream of in the depths of winter.
Starting at the top of the plate is a nice piece of grilled chicken breast. That hunk of meat was walking around our yard a few weeks ago. I told James I thought it looked like one of the chickens he butchered. The chicken was exceptionally good!
Below the chicken are some green beans. They are not cooked green beans. They are pickled beans. Dill pickled.
Below the beans, on the bottom right of the plate is a mixture of just-picked-and-cut-up tomatoes, green peppers, and onion mixed with a little Italian dressing.
Moving to the left, we have potatoes. Specifically, they are Yukon Gold potatoes. Marlend cut them in the cube shapes and sliced in some garlic and added some salt & pepper and a little olive oil. She wrapped it in foil and cooked it on the grill.
Rounding out our plate, in the upper left hand side, we have cucumber slices. They were marinated in vinegar. That's the way we like 'em.
In my book, Writings of a Deliberate Agrarian, I have a chapter titled A Summer Evening's Meal. It is a story about another meal my family had last summer in the backyard. It was a different kind of meal because it came not from our own homestead but from a variety of local people we know and consider to be our friends.
For those who have not yet read my book, I offer the following quotation from the beginning of the chapter. It fits with today's blog:
"Few things in life are more pleasing to the sensibilities of agrarians than to eat food they have grown, harvested, and prepared with their own hands, preferably on their own land... This act of providing one's own food is an acknowledgement and acceptance of the Divine order. it is an expression of obedience. It is the realization of freedom."
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My New York Times Op-Ed Article
The Jeffersonian Solution (click the man and read the article)
Strawberries From My Garden!
Grown the "E.P. Roe Way" (click the picture to learn more)
How To Get Through The Coming Hyperinflation
click the picture to read the 6-part series
Delmar Ain't So Stupid...
Click on Delmar and read why I think he's the smartest of the three characters in the "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" movie
Rural Americans: Cannon Fodder For The New World Order
Click on Sergeant York to read the story.
Whizbang Gardening is Now in Print!
Click the book's cover to learn more
Have You Been To My New Instructional Web Site?
It's for people who garden (click the picture)
This Man, Now Deceased, Predicted The Economic Decline of America Back in The 1950's.
Click the picture to read about Professor Walter Prescott Webb's Boom Hypothesis of Modern History, and where we are headed from here
Agrarian-Style Economic Self Defense...
I posted this to the internet in early 2008. It is still the most practical advice you'll get for dealing with the harsh economic realities that we face now and will face even more in the years ahead. (click the picture to read the essay)
Have You been to The Agrarian Foundation Article Archives?
It's a new web site I made. Clickk the picture and go...
Have You Been To Planet Whizbang?
It's my deliberate agrarian home business. Click the beet and check it out.
What Would an Agrarian Monetary System Look Like?
Well, for one thing, it would NOT be based on paper money. Click Andy Jackson for some details.
Thomas Jefferson's Warnings About Government Debt (Then and Now)
Read it and weep (click the president)
How Farmers Became Slaves To The Corporate Masters
Click on the mostly forgotton 1937 book by Professor Walter Prescott Webb and learn the sad story
Learn About Whizbang Bucket Irrigation...
(click the trickle valve)
It's my new blog. Click the picture and stop on by!
The Deliberate Agrarian Book
(click picture for details)
Have You Seen The Planet Whizbang Wheel Hoe I Invented?
Click The Picture For Details about the hoe and the inexpensive wheel hoe kits I sell
A Christian-Agrarian perspective (click the picture to read the essay)
I Invite You To Read My Online Gardening Essays
Click on that beautiful handful of sifted compost.
Have You Seen Leo Sprauer's Handcrafted Hop Hoe?
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A Missive On The Prosperity-Driven Life
"The desire to be rich, to have an abundance of possessions and money, is the keystone of our modern, neo-Babylonian culture." (click the picture for my perspective)
Prosperity Gospel/ Prosperity Idolatry
Click the picture to hear John Piper's powerful 2.5 minute condemnation of the modern prosperity gospel
Have You Read Roe?
E.P. Roe, that is. Click on his picture to read some excerpts from this remarkable Christian-agrarian author of the 1800s.
Deliberate Agrarian Archives (From Back Before The Monthly Format)