My Longest-Living Ancestor

TRANSCRIPT from The Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan), 6 Jan 1963, p. D7: Still 'Farming' Flint Man Marks 97th Birthday Nathaniel Lewis, who is 97 today, has been a farmer all his life. Last summer he cultivated a small plot of corn and berries. Lewis lives with his daughter, Mrs. Nora Miley, at 1482 Alberta St. …

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Slash and Burn

He’d read about the Yanomami tribe. How, when the soil sours and the hunting wanes, they move on. The men hack away at a new patch of the Amazon and the women join them to drop embers onto the pale stumps that remain. Together they swaddle the fresh ground in ash. Their abandoned village is sacrificed to the maw of the jungle. Years …