• Smoky Mountain Trails

    Monday, September 18, 2017 3 Permalink 0

    We learned several things about our current selves and our place in the world on the trail this last full moon: We are too old to hike 20 miles a day on rugged terrain carrying 60-lb packs. We were more sedentary than planned, and there are many more photos of fungus than mountaintop vistas for ...

  • If you find a baby owl

    Monday, July 3, 2017 5 Permalink 1

    This probably applies to exactly no one but me, but it really did happen, so I feel I should prepare the rest of the world, just in case. Because I learned alot today. If you find a baby owl that is not obviously injured but only young and wobbling around on the ground looking cute as ...

  • Truffle-infused gouda

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016 0 Permalink 2

    It was an accident. But then this country is boobytrapped with such "accidents." Such happy accidents have added about 6cm to my waistline in the last three years. I went to the market for carrots. Fresh carrots. The little tender kind with the leaves still on, all fresh and pretty and healthy. I steeled myself on the Sunday morning drive ...

  • janvier et février

    Sunday, February 28, 2016 2 Permalink 0

    2016 has been so far of two minds: Roaring with change, but at the same time peaceful in the stasis of a winter that never really came and went, but just hung there in the distance like a mild suggestion which someone waved off over and over. Now that spring is here and the flowers are starting, ...

  • The long and scenic road to Earl Grey

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 5 Permalink 1

    Bergamot Because of British friend T's sage advice months ago on Twinings as the only decent brand for tea in these parts, I have been working my way ever since through all the Twinings flavors available at our supermarket. Having exhausted the usual varieties several times over, I finally this week reached the last type in stock, on the back top shelf, ...

  • Levity among the ruins

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 3 Permalink 1

    Armistice Day Armistice derives from the Latin for arma (arms or weapons) and -stitium (a suffix denoting cessation or stoppage). It means quite literally a stopping of weapons, a ceasefire. But in French l'Armistice, the armistice, sounds just like a made-up word, Larmastice. That latter would mean, following the same logic from the Latin, a cessation of tears, as tears translate ...

  • Cooking with Ghosts

    Sunday, November 1, 2015 6 Permalink 0

    La Toussaint La Toussaint, or All Saints Day, which is today, is the big decoration day for all the graves in France. We will go down to the village cemetery later this afternoon to take in the glory of the autumnal light raking across the splendor of thousands of chrysanthemums laid in honor of the dearly departed. There is ...

  • Ceci n’est pas un agneau

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 6 Permalink 0

    We had a sheep visited upon us. We are still recovering. I say visited upon us, in that plague-like way, because despite the fluffy imagination of a lamb, all cloudlike and angelic, a fullgrown 100kg sheep is a curse from hell, not a blessing. Unless you get to either shear or eat it, and we got neither. She ...