The other day my mother-in-law dropped off a copy of this month's Garden and Gun. Now normally I find this publication a little, how shall I say, self-absorbed in the pleasures of Southern culture, but I was overall really impressed with this batch of recent articles, especially with this one. Sure, it's a little romantic, with its references to Jeffersonian ideals, off-grid energy sources, and good, old-fashioned American self-reliance. But like any good relationship, romance is only the beginning of what can become a person's best work. Clearly, these folks are doing it right.