My Daily Bread

I’m stealing a page from Nathan Lowell, one of my favorite authors, who takes a walk every morning and dictates a blog into his phone, which he posts as a podcast. You can find him at If you read his books, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

I don’t intend to walk, because of my bad back, and because here in Bangor Maine we sometimes have severe winter conditions. Hence, this blog. Rather than doing a podcast, I think I’ll just dictate into the telephone, as I’m doing now and post written commentaries of my morning.

I usually get up before anybody else in the family, and set a loaf of bread to rise. This is easier then it sounds, because I set a bowl of bread dough in the refrigerator, and rip off just enough of the dough to make a loaf. When the bowl runs out I set a new batch, let it rise a couple of hours, put it covered into the refrigerator for the next morning. The recipe is available online:  Or just google “five minute bread .” It’s a simple procedure and it gives me time to gather my thoughts, such as they are, while I make my daily bread.

It takes longer than 5 minutes, because you have to let the dough rest at room temperature after you form the loaf, then you have to bake it for 25 minutes. The fact that it takes more like an hour to finish the job is a good thing , because I need the time to settle myself mentally, get a cup of coffee, and decide what I’m going to do for the rest of the day. By the time the loaf comes out of the oven, I’ve finished the morning paper and I am ready for a breakfast built around hot-from-the oven bread. Ready to face the day.