"Louisa May Alcott once wrote that "there is one very excellent, necessary, . . . accomplishment that no (one) should be without, for it is a help to rich and poor, and the comfort of families depends upon it. This fine talent (home keeping) is neglected nowadays and considered old-fashioned, which is a sad mistake. . . It is the most beautiful as well as useful of all arts . . . Not so romantic, perhaps, as singing, painting, writing, or teaching, but one that makes many people happy and comfortable, and home the sweetest place in the world."
-- Tracey McBride, Frugal Luxuries - Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life and Comfort Your Soul