Thoughts on Whole Living

Perhaps the new year has reinvigorated my goal to get organized, but in the past week,  my reading selections have been inundated by Martha Stewart. First came the January issue of Whole Living magazine, one of my favorite subscriptions.  The first issue of the year debuts their action plan, starting with a cleanse.  Though I admire the ambition of the plan, I know I could never follow through with the daily challenges and the restrictive diet, especially when each morning its a struggle to figure out what to pack for work.

Then there’s the larger goals that surface this time of year, like the idea of moving back to the farm.  My book choice, which I finished in a record three days, was Josh Kilmer-Purcel’s The Bucolic Plague, which depicts the year-long adventure of two men from New York City who buy a farm for their weekends and turn it into a full-time business.  They continue to chronicle their fabulous adventures at, with each blog post as perfectly picturesque as the next.  The connect to Martha in this case is that Kilmer-Purcel’s partner worked for Martha throughout most of the year.

I can honestly say that this has been my favorite read of 2012. Not only is the story inherently interesting, but the details are well written, from the cluster flies and ghosts that appear much to the dismay of the residents to the description of the townsfolk and the trials of being a farmer.  The narrative stems from the idea that everyone thinks they know what it’s like to be a farmer, even if it’s only from childish games, or from what we learned growing up leaving on the outskirts.  The “Beekman Boys” write their own method of farmer, complete with success, failures, and reasons to laugh out loud and think about it another day.

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