a covid plan shared by Melanie:
The Cake of Not Much Has Changed
"Well, a lot has changed.
But still, we gather.
We plan. We get confused.
We end with cake."
Maira Kalman & Barbara Scott-Goodman
" A framed photo, like a pot or a pen or a table, must serve its purpose, just as it is, without apps or upgrades. In the digital era, this irreducible thingness may seem like a drawback. But let's not forget that it is also an enduring human value. A well-made object is informed by thousands of years of accumulated experiment and know-how. Whenever we make or use an everyday tangible thing, or even when we contemplate one seriously, we commune with this pool of human understanding."
- Glenn Adamson, Fewer Better Things
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
when the world is puddle-wonderful
old balloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
1. Wash and dry chicken
2. Turn bird breast side down. Using kitchen shears cut along the backbone. Cut along the other side of the backbone and remove (can be used for making chicken stock later).
3. Turn bird breast side up and press hard on breast bone with both hands to flatten chicken.
4. Remove wing tips if desired. Tuck legs and wings close to body.
5. Follow favourite oven or BBQ recipe.
*late 18th century (originally an Irish usage): perhaps related to the noun dispatch + cock
4 Large Eggs
coarsely ground salt and pepper
good bread for toasting
Tuck eggs in a saucepan in a single layer and cover with water to your first knuckle. On medium heat bring water just to the boil. (otherwise rubbery eggs!) Cover pan and remove from heat, letting stand 2 minutes by the timer. Remove and serve in egg cups immediately with toast soldiers. Eat with salt and pepper.
"The grave is without egg." - Ursula Le Guin
“To sew is to pray. Men don't understand this. They see the whole but they don't see the stitches. They don't see the speech of the creator in the work of the needle. We mend. We women turn things inside out and set things right. We salvage what we can of human garments and piece the rest into blankets. Sometimes our stitches stutter and slow. Only a woman's eyes can tell. Other times, the tension in the stitches might be too tight because of tears, but only we know what emotion went into the making. Only women can hear the prayer.”
- Louise Erdrich, Four Souls
A wee explanation: this website was created as a way to amplify the daily surprise of seeing glory in one small life. The notebook entries represented here are all selected from things actually lived and noted on paper in an effort to live the full life British educator Charlotte Mason so ably championed.