October 20th, 2012

Quote Requiring Context

"Well, I remember the Smithsfield ham, but it didn't change my life." -- Dwite Brown.


In 1955, Dwite and Brown flew to Falls Church, Virginia to visit their aunt Alice. It was her homemade bread baking that inspired Brown,[1] who called her bread "fabulously delicious". He wondered why other people weren't eating the same thing instead of "foamy white bread" bought in a store. Brown resolved to learn how to bake bread and to teach others how.[2]
When he got home he asked his mother to teach him to bake bread. She said, "No, yeast makes me nervous." Brown eventually learned to bake bread, eleven years later, from two chefs at Tassajara. Brown later asked his brother if he remembered their trip to visit Alice. Dwite said yes he did, "What I remember was the Smithfield ham but it didn't change my life".[2]
Edward Espe Brown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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Wendell Berry - A Spiritual Journey

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.


-- from The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry, 1957

Poetry Chaikhana | Wendell Berry - A Spiritual Journey




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