• Catching Up

    Jul 20, 11:43 PM

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    I started my new job today. This was immediately (and I do mean immediately — maybe even simultaneously) preceded by turning in a draft of my thesis. Phew. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

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    There really is a summer this year. It’s finally been warmer and I’ve gotten the obligatory first sunburn. (Say what you will about skin cancer – my self esteem is way higher when I am wearing a nice summer bronze.)...

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  • Ode to Radishes

    Jun 5, 06:06 PM

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    A brief garden update: I have been eating radishes and enjoying lettuce and herbs. Radishes are delicious but sometimes so pretty they’re difficult to eat.

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    The tomatoes are looking very happy and I believe I have now collected at least 7 varieties in the garden. Some heirloom, some hybrid, which makes me feel a little sleazy but we’ve all got to start somewhere.

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  • How Does Your Garden Grow

    May 9, 11:22 PM

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    I come from farming people. Just a generation or so away were people who grew food for a living, and in between there are a slew of folks that grow food for personal and family sustenance. As a child I hated gardening chores – weeding, harvesting, “putting up.” My parents have always had large gardens, and my father tends the vegetables while my mother grows flowers. I was never excited about helping them, but now...

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  • On Narcissus

    Apr 20, 10:59 PM

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    No, not that Narcissus, this Narcissus. The flower. The daffodil.

    I’m in love with daffodils right now. They’re everywhere. They’ve burst forth, like tiny Springtime fireworks in sprays of yellow, orange and green.

    But that’s not all – they come in all sorts of sizes and color variations. Small, pale, fluffy, plain, bright, windswept; in all combinations of yellow, orange and white. Put a bunch of them together (thanks, Mom),...

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  • Clamming

    Apr 6, 11:15 PM

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    Sunday was one of those “first days” of Spring. The calendar said it was Spring a couple weeks ago, but you know the days I mean. The sun finally brings some warmth. Layers are stripped off, beverages involving ice are served, dogs pant, crocuses bloom. People throw open drapes, windows, doors, their arms. It’s glorious.

    A long day of satisfying yardwork and chores gives way to recreation. Bonus: it’s the kind that provides dinner. Just...

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