• Massachusetts & Maine

    Thursday, June 8, 2017 2 Permalink 0

    We had a wonderful trip in five distinct parts, prominently featuring maple syrup, heirloom turkeys and pigs, beaver dams, much rain, rocky beaches, skyline views, great coffee, Harvard pomp, fiddlehead ferns, a kazoo finale of the 1812 Overture with a raucous balloon-popping cannon-crescendo, black flies, one seal, two cemeteries, a multipurpose reredos (with a built-in Jesus Pantry and ...

  • Late April Investigations of the Micro

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3 Permalink 0

    Spring, which so recently seemed stalled, is barreling forward with alarming speed. I can barely seem to keep the weeds at bay, much less organize the beds. It's like this every year: It seems like it's too early to shape the beds and move the plants around, and then suddenly it's already too late, as ...

  • Middlespring

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    Spring seemed halting and fidgety this year, the buds swelling for what seemed like forever, and then popping in fits and starts. A big rain took away the pink plum blossoms in the chicken pen right at the peak of their bloom. But looking back over the past few weeks, the overall result looks fairly normal, ...

  • Shoegaze

    Saturday, August 8, 2015 0 Permalink 0

    Radio Free Europe I listened to Radio Free Europe by REM tonight for maybe the 10,000th time, but really I listened to it for the first time, as opposed to listening to it for the suggestions it made to me in which I filled in long stories of symbol and significance. No, I listened to it this time for what it ...

  • Gypsy Magic

    Sunday, July 19, 2015 0 Permalink 0

    It had been a withering summer so far. Long with suffering. Scorching. Dry. Battering. Depleting. So when we were invited to dinner at a "secret gypsy restaurant" last night, we were reluctant to accept what would otherwise have been a whimsical invitation. But we were intrigued. How can anything in an area so sparsely populated be little-known, ...