By Susan Harper
Whenever I have a big home-maintenance task to do, I rig up a radio so that I’ll have something to entertain me. I’m sure this goes all the way back to the baseball games of my early married life, which entertained me so well that I would literally paint the same wall twice if I didn’t pay at least a little attention to what I was doing.
So while I was painting my front porch the other day, I was listening to NPR, and heard an interview with a writer who said he thought we were all getting too far removed from real life in this electronic/digital culture of the 21st century. We’ve forgotten the satisfaction of working with our hands, he said – the emotional rewards of making things for ourselves, of growing our own food.