Boston Chef Lydia Shire kissed RootsLiving Founder Mark Micheli on his bald (no roots to worry about) head. (Photo by Patricia Micheli)
Welcome to RootsLiving.com. This site is all about getting back to our roots and recognizing that the best food, music, and art is that which is created passionately and indigenously, from the simple things at hand.
This isn’t a site for those who want to do things perfectly, following a monotonous list of instructions like a passionless Martha Stewart. This site is for those who recognize that:
- The best food is often peasant-fare, created from recipes that have been passed down for generations.
- The best home-made wine is made without preservatives and from the best grapes available.
- The best music is often instinctive and primal and has long roots that go back to the blues and gospel of the 19th century.
- Old homes (from the early 20th century and before) have survived for a reason: because they were built solidly, following timeless designs.
This is the way I live my life. And I plan on documenting and sharing this lifestyle with you. Some of the things I plan on sharing in the weeks and months to come include:
- Old world recipes (especially Italian) with photos (I shoot what I eat.)
- A comprehensive, step-by-step, guide on how to make home-made wine (I drink what I crush.)
- DYI projects for those who want to restore old homes, not rehab them (They tried to sell me replacement windows, but I said, “no, no, no!”)
- Musical finds, both old and new, that honor the roots of rock, rhythm, and blues.
- Travel ideas for getting back to your roots.
- And tips on where to find bargains to pay for all of this rootsliving (because the best things in life may be simple, but contrary to the 1959 hit song, they aren’t free.)
But I can’t do this alone. I hope you’ll share your rootsliving lifestyle with me. Together we can forge a new community dedicated to living simply and compassionately.
(© 2009 Mark Micheli)