Thursday, June 25, 2009

C. S. Lewis on Bureaucrats

“I like bats much better than bureaucrats. I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of ‘Admin.’ The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern.” -- C. S. Lewis, Preface to 1959 edition of The Screwtape Letters

Friday, June 5, 2009

New chicks on the block

We got chicks yesterday, ten black sex links. We have not yet retired the old girls, since it will be quite some time before these are laying--but the breed is supposed to be excellent layers. Mimi thought they were ducks at first, but now she is saying "Chick! Chick!" We will try to get some cute pictures with her to post.

Tonight's Supper #3

I actually made this Monday night, but oh well.

-Ratatouille--eggplant, zucchini, garlic, onions, tomatoes, banana peppers and herbs--all homegrown.

-Sweet corn--grown on a friend's plot

-Green beans and new potatoes--grown at The Farm

-Garnished with nasturtium flowers and leaves from the front yard

The only things not homegrown were a couple slices of bacon for flavor and the butter we put on the corn. And salt :)