It has been known for some time that a major nuclear war might lead to nuclear winter that would destroy the attacker as well as the target. And threats are now mounting, particularly at the russian border, confirming the prediction of george kennan and other prominent figures that nato expansion, particularly the way it was undertaken, would prove to be a "tragic mistake," a "policy error of historic proportions."
The roman rule was, to teach a boy nothing that he could not learn standing. The old english rule was, "all summer in the field, and all winter in the study." and it seems as if a man should learn to plant, or to fish, or to hunt, that he might secure his subsistence at all events, and not be painful to his friends and fellow men.
I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and i know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.