This week on the Down East Journal, a Wilmington author explores a colonial era war in eastern North Carolina that allowed the state's western expansion. Plus, new commentary from Joan Carris and the Garden Journal. Listen for the Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
In the musical version of Charles Dickens’s novel OLIVER TWIST, Oliver and his fellow orphans sing about the joys of food. “Food, glorious food, I’m dying to try some….” Lovely voices, but the kids look and sound hungry. Certainly the thin, gray gruel in their bowls has nothing glorious about it.
I’ve always been a little cuckoo about animals—even worms, who are lowly, but amazingly useful. They aerate the soil in our gardens and are good fish bait. As I see it, all living things exist in a perfectly integrated web, as long as we—the humans—don’t screw it up.
Have you ever had one of those days when you said, “Phew! At least not all of my parts are broken.” That’s how I felt this morning after about 90 minutes of weeding and planting, all on my knees. They still allow me to kneel and work, although other body parts are threatening to resign.