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“Where the railway was, the river is now.” | Milk Street

Summer! The sights and scents of haying. The sweetness of fern, the hot aroma of wild sage, the occasional whiff of spearmint. The blast of heat up from the tractor, the wind turning leaves at the end of the field a milky silver, birds swooping down over the mowed grass. The rhythmic chugging of the baler, and the occasional snake, pressed flat to the hay, bound up with baling twine like a dull green ribbon.

Summer was also a time for farmhands, Onie and Herbie, who slept in the bunkhouse nearby. Herbie, thick and slow-moving, and Onie, lean like a string bean, showed up every day for noon dinner: a roast, baked potatoes, baking powder biscuits, a well-cooked vegetable, fresh milk from the Holstein out back, and molasses cookies or a slice of pie for dessert. Eating and talking didn’t go together; it was heads down and every man for himself. The potatoes were popped open with a whack of a fist and a sunny yellow pool of homemade melted butter soon followed.

This is the reason I first subscribed to Cooks Illustrated. Chris Kimball’s editor’s note was always the first thing I read. And because of wanting access to his story telling, I became a better cook. So it was with sadness that I did not renew my subscriptions to the entire array of resources after learning of his ouster from the company he started. Thank God he found(ed) another place to call home and another home for his stories… Go check out Milk Street.

Source: “Where the railway was, the river is now.” | Milk Street

Why I Unfollowed 45,000 People On Twitter

Everybody following everybody isn’t a networked community; it’s a madhouse. Enough of the madhouse. Let’s build something truly powerful and show the world all the beauty we can bring about with that power!

via Why I Unfollowed 45,000 People On Twitter.

I wondered when I first heard of Twitter what the fuss was about. I joined anyway…At first I did what everyone does and followed a bunch of big names the same as everyone else. I soon discovered I needed strategies to be able to keep up with the chaos. Mostly I used Tweetdeck to really follow those people I found important to me. The whole time I had one of the services following everyone who followed me. That lasted about a month…Maybe two. Then I too, started winnowing the chaff.

Ever since it’s been follow only people I want…Follow almost no one who has tens of thousands of followers or who follows tens of thousands…I’m not interested in being lost in the dust cloud. So my follow numbers are low, my follower numbers are even lower,  but it’s much easier to keep up with the tweets I want to see using just the Twitter interface.

The Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News Cover
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Back in my youth I discovered  The Mother Earth News. It was probably sometime around 1971 that I first came across the magazine. I am sure I first found it at the old Space City News in downtown Houston where I spent a lot of time each weekend wandering the aisles checking out all of the magazines and paperbacks.

Space City was kind of an early precursor to a Barnes & Noble in Houston, without the hardbacks and with a lot more magazines and newspapers…and plain…It was located in an old storefront, it might have been an old auto dealership. Old vinyl floors, plain wood shelves and racks, and no creature comforts…but lots of reading material. If my bump for direction is right it was somewhere around where the Hyatt stands now. It’s been gone for a lot of years from that area.

But this bit was about TMEN (as The Mother Earth News was known on it’s own pages). Like I said I stumbled upon it in either it’s second or third year of publication and felt like I had found kindred spirits. I ended up with a subscription along with all of the back issues to catch me up to date. Even in the years I spent more broke than not I maintained that subscription right into the ’80’s…Then the magazine started changing (and so it seem did I), and I lost track. Occasionally, I would see a issue on a magazine rack and pick it up. But it wasn’t the same…something was different.

It took a long time for me to find out what happened…Don’t you love Google and Wikipedia. One day I was on the computer and TMEN meandered through  my mind so I typed the name into my search box and discovered the changes I saw in the magazine were changes in management and ownership. I had also wondered about the Shuttleworths who founded the magazine and the “Eco-Village they were building in Hendersonville, NC.

Yesterday I finally did a search on John and Jane Shuttleworth and this is what I found…

Posted: 05/08/2009 12:30:00 AM MDT

John Shuttleworth, who co-founded the back-to-earth magazine Mother Earth News, died March 29 at his Evergreen home.

Shuttleworth was found in his hot tub about 10 days later. Shuttleworth, 71, died of natural causes, said Brenda Teasley, chief deputy coroner for Jefferson County.

Services are pending, according to Mike Beutz, Jefferson County public administrator, who is in charge of arrangements.

Shuttleworth had lived in the Evergreen area since the mid-1980s.

Shuttleworth and his first wife, Jane Shuttleworth, founded Mother Earth News in 1970, promoting family farms, growing your own food, better eating habits and renewable energy.

First based in North Madison, Ohio, it was moved to Hendersonville, N.C., because Shuttleworth wanted to have space for a research area, said Ken Hodges, who worked with Shuttleworth on the magazine.

The Shuttleworths, who later divorced, sold the magazine in 1979. It had reached a circulation of about 1 million readers worldwide, said Hodges, of La Vista, Neb.

via Shuttleworth led Mother Earth News – The Denver Post.

So the serendipity of life strikes again. On the day his obituary was posted I did a search for the founder of TMEN. On any other day prior I would only have found a mention on the magazines sites or the magazines article at wikipedia…John Shuttleworth had a dream back in the late ’60’s that led to TMEN. His dream touched a lot of us that were looking for something at the time. The dream he was espousing probably had a lot to do with the person I became along the way. Even with the detours I have taken along my life’s path, I am still moving in the direction I started on way back then…It’s just taken me half a livetime to get here…Thanks John.

I think I may spend a little time digging through some of those old magazines in the box on the back porch…A decades worth of memories stored for when I needed them…I could be needing them sooner than I thought.

From searching the web, Jane Shuttleworth is still active in the Henderson County Arts and Environmental Communities and still owns the land of the Eco-Village. Though the latest info I can find is dated 2008.

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