Beekeeping and Hearth-cooking
Consider what Thoreau proposes:
“There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance, is a very slight interference. It is like directing the sunbeams. All nations, from the remotest antiquity, have thus fingered nature. There are Hymettus and Hybla, and how many bee-renowned spots beside! There is nothing gross in the idea of these little herds—their hum like the faintest low of kine in the meads. A pleasant reviewer has lately reminded us that in some places they are led out to pasture where the flowers are most abundant. ‘Columella tells us,’ says he, ‘that the inhabitants of Arabia sent their hives into Attica to benefit by the later-blowing flowers.’ Annually are the hives, in immense pyramids, carried up the Nile in boats, and suffered to float slowly down the stream by night, resting by day, as the flowers put forth along the banks; and they determine the richness of any locality, and so the profitableness of delay, by the sinking of the boat in the water. We are told, by the same reviewer, of a man in Germany, whose bees yielded more honey than those of his neighbors, with no apparent advantage; but at length he informed them, that he had turned his hives one degree more to the east, and so his bees, having two hours the start in the morning, got the first sip of honey. True, there is treachery and selfishness behind all this, but these things suggest to the poetic mind what might be done.”
Consider a recipe from The American Frugal Housewife.
A task to divest oneself then from worldly gods.
On election day, eat election bread.
During the Q&A portion with experts on Lydia Maria Child, an audience member tries to sell one of the speakers a $125 library licensed video on Lydia Maria Child, and as though I could be a community college professor for the rest of my life, long long past retirement age, a minor tangle begins up in me, that I must understand as a certain dying of youthful ambition—the sentiment I could write anything, not gone but going.
The Child’s didn’t have any children, were abolitionists.
They were poor, sugar beet farmers for a time.
He took up the last dollars on a ship ticket to France to learn how to raise sugar beets in central Massachusetts. She remained to raise the sugar beets in central Massachusetts.
The abolitionist movement had come this far: beets not cane then in the North.
Later in a barroom the kingship is abandoned.
Today now all this time passes.
Today now as ever.
The sum of exiles, greater than Christ and the meek—the mind making Emily Dickinson of the Old Testament.
Not wanting to leave myself behind on any worried walk inward, I decide to step outside of myself for a few days.
I read six poems in the New York Times, six poems to mark the end of day-light savings.
What the Pulitzer Prize winners have to say.
The couch in the basement.