Reflections on “Shop Class as Soulcraft”: Let Us Recognize the Yeoman Aristocracy

By |2020-06-07T15:34:42-05:00March 9th, 2013|Categories: Books, C. R. Wiley, Culture, Labor/Work|

I am not a fan of Ask This Old House, the spin-off of the PBS home improvement program, This Old House. Formerly the companion series to This Old House was The New Yankee Workshop, hosted by master carpenter Norm Abram of, you guessed it, This Old House. I enjoyed The New Yankee Workshop very much, [...]

Saving Nature from the Hippies

By |2018-10-06T02:31:03-05:00February 17th, 2013|Categories: C. R. Wiley, Nature|

  So I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I like granola. But since when did getting a little closer to nature make you a hippie? There’s probably a better word—but hippie just works for me. They’ve won by the way—the hippies I mean. Not the unkemptness thankfully, but the outlook. You can [...]

Stirred by Shakers: On the Elegant Errors of a Failed Sect

By |2015-08-24T12:33:56-05:00January 3rd, 2013|Categories: Art, Books, C. R. Wiley, Christianity, Film|

When it comes to the opinion of the people who matter, the Shakers are hip. They had all the correct views: They practiced sustainable agriculture and gender equality, and they even reduced their carbon footprint to almost zero. (There are said to be only three Shakers left in North America—that’s what celibacy will do [...]