A Garden–In a Way, a Declaration of Independence, 1870

…the garden does begin to yield…It is kind of a declaration of independence. I have never read of any Roman supper that seemed to me equal to a dinner of my own vegetables, when everything on the table is the product of my own labor. -1870 I agree and know the feeling of that same…

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Soapmaking–a useful skill in a dirty world, plus an easy recipe

Lately I keep running into people who want to learn how to make their own soap.  Soapmaking can be an art form, most definitely, but it should also be a basic skill.  After all, up until the last hundred years or so, nearly all housewives knew how to make the soap for their families’ needs.  Even though…

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Finding Time to Read (1927)

I love this encouraging story….it IS possible to fit moments of rest and relaxation in throughout the day. In the case of this mother, reading was her refreshment of choice. I get time to read just about like a smoker gets time to light his pipe. I guess I just do it and it is…

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