In Rick Bragg’s latest book, The Best Cook In the World, he tells the story about his mother and biscuits. Like most young women who grew up in the rural south during the depression, Rick’s mother, Margaret, had learned to cook just about everything by eighteen, except her mother wouldn’t let her try her hand at biscuits.…

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It takes longer to hard-boil a man or woman than an egg. — Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday.  I’m drawn to Allen’s phrase and believe I know what he is trying to say, that it takes a long while to change the nature of a man or woman. He uses the phrase in the context of saying…

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For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. — Jacques Cousteau. This morning I wrote a long post about Cousteau’s words. Then as I began the process of posting my meditation disappeared, as if Cousteau…

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… to go to sea is the glimpse the face of God. At sea I am reminded of my insignificance — of all men’s insignificance. It is a wonderful feeling to be so humbled.” — Steve Callahan. Steve Callahan, author of Adrift, once spent seventy-six days lost at sea on a raft. Followers of the Pew know…

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