We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Weekly 3-4 hour hikes are good for mind, body, and soul. Also good for a marriage. Also good for breaking in new leather hiking boots.Meindl Perfekt Light Hikers - not all that light in weight unfortunately but tough enough for all purposes other than crampons. Made in Italy - not Germany.
Lots of Bluebirds on this pastoral and not very challenging countryside hike last weekend - hills but no steeps and well-groomed trails. Many meadows. I love large meadows, despite their being unnatural in New England.
I love large meadows, despite their being unnatural in New England.
In a visit back to my hometown last year I was struck by the transformation of so many meadows from my childhood back into forest. I can't say that I was unaware of this phenomena before I moved out of state. When I was 9 years old, a tractor traversed my parents' property to mow a neighbor's meadow. That was the last time the meadow got mowed. Over the years, I could see shrubs and trees gradually grow in the meadow.
A trek in the woods will readily show that the transformation from meadows into forest has been going on a lot longer, as shown by all the stone walls.
A trek last year in the woods passed through a lot of recently cut stumps. The owner decided that if he was going to pay property taxes on his woods, he would rather have some income from the woods to help pay the taxes. It wasn't a clear-cut, but a selective cutting of appropriately-sized trees. Good.
Henry Saglio, who helped make poultry the most popular meat in America when he slashed production costs by breeding a meatier bird that matured quickly and laid more eggs, died on Dec. 13 at a nursing home in Connecticut. He was 92....
''He is the father of the poultry industry,'' said Frank Perdue, chairman of the executive committee at Perdue Farms. ''He put so much time and focus into this that even a year ago he was still coming up with ideas.''
Using only a small coop he had fashioned from an old piano, Mr. Saglio began raising chickens while growing up on a fruit and vegetable farm in rural Connecticut. [Glastonbury]
''Back then chicken was probably the most expensive meat you could buy,'' said Richard Lobb, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council in Washington, which Mr. Saglio helped found in 1954. ''Most people only ate it occasionally, like one night a week. The industry needed a bird that could produce a lot of meat and grow to market size quickly. By cutting down on production costs, Mr. Saglio came up with a more desirable product.''
Today, the Department of Agriculture says, chicken consumption in this country stands at about 82.1 pounds per person, well above that of beef. In the early 1960's, Mr. Lobb said, Americans ate only 28 pounds per person a year.
Nowadays, there aren't so many poultry farms around New England. Costs are lower elsewhere. Land. Taxes. Transport cost of chicken feed.
[article found by putting "glastonbury poultry farm" into a search engine.]