• Cold snap

    Thursday, November 16, 2017 2 Permalink 0

    Amble, pre- The years pass with dizzying speed. It's already time for the first hard frost again this morning. We have been here in this one place for so long now that the moment becomes melded with the memories of the 4 or 5 or 6 first frosts before. I cannot keep all the years straight, and ...

  • The Martyrs of Bordelongue

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    They resisted when others collaborated. They paid the ultimate price. Some were murdered there but most were murdered elsewhere and their bodies brought to the internment camp at Bordelongue and buried in two unmarked pits during the war. Their bodies were discovered in 1944 by a farm woman who had seen trucks moving back and forth ...

  • Fête au Village

    Sunday, July 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    Adaptation Originally our quaint little village of la Magdelaine sur Tarn was the leper colony for Villemur sur Tarn, the noble and larger town downriver. We may wonder why anyone would locate their contagious sick upriver, but such was the logic of the Middle Ages, and it is not ours to question. Presumably our house was at ...

  • 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 ...

  • Around Solstice

    Thursday, June 29, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    The days are impossibly long now, with dawn by 5:30 and twilight past 10:30. The sun rises through the north windows of the house, at a place on the horizon across the river where you could never imagine it going in winter, when it rises maybe 45 degrees to the south. Before the rains came this week, ...

  • Castor Bean

    Monday, May 2, 2016 0 Permalink 0

    We lack broadleaves, I said. I never noticed, he said. How can you not have noticed? Everything here has these little glassy tiny shiny leaves. It all looks like thyme or boxwood. Bay laurels are the biggest leaves we have in the yard. We need cannas. No cannas. Or fatsia? Absolutely nothing called fat anything. Okay then, how about castor bean. I ...

  • It’s been happening alot lately

    Saturday, April 2, 2016 0 Permalink 1

    The Numinous It's not like I was not prepared for the experience. Like any student of religious history, I read Rudolf Otto, Mircea Eliade, and many philosophers like them who have tried to study the phenomenon which we refer to broadly as "religion." I was taught the intellectual version of the divine as a pre-programmed natural niche ...

  • 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, ...