Tapping a Maple on a Cold Vermont Morning

First came finding the trees. We had tagged them that summer—loops of red twine, tied tightly around craggy trunks—when Fitz had been home, when the chill of winter had seemed distant and unthinkable. The twine would help us find the right maples, he explained—the hard ones, the thick ones, the ones that would yield the sweetest sap—even in the snow. That year, though, the flurries … Continue reading Tapping a Maple on a Cold Vermont Morning

The Gospel of Wealth, (1889) Andrew Carnegie

“Wealth” is an article written by Andrew Carnegie in June of 1889 that describes the responsibility of philanthropy by the new upper class of self-made rich. Carnegie proposed that the best way of dealing with the new phenomenon of wealth inequality was for the wealthy to redistribute their surplus means in a responsible and thoughtful manner. This approach was contrasted with traditional bequest (patrimony), where wealth is handed down to heirs, and … Continue reading The Gospel of Wealth, (1889) Andrew Carnegie