Category Archives: Stuff

Where Have I Been?

On hiatus for a while, that’s all. But I’ll be back– as my mother used to tell me when my dad was late coming home from work, “Don’t worry. A bad penny always turns up.” Update, November 2016: Well, it … Continue reading

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Drums Drums Drumming Everywhere

Another beautiful morning on the hillside and as I step out onto the porch I hear the drums, out of sight but clear as the autumn sky. rumma tumma tum rumma tumma tum rumma tumma tumma tum rumma tumma tum … Continue reading

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Brownian Motion of the Mind

Or, “A History of the Last Hour” Flip on Pandora to my personalized classic rock channel. Band comes on that I’ve never heard of, “Just Five.” Not bad. Google same and find a page describing them as “one of Belfast’s hottest … Continue reading

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Spring In January At Mt. Ashwabay

Nothing like 3 km on the Sugar Bush Trail to celebrate a record-setting nice day and lift the spirits while working on a piece that’s even harder to write than Sad Christmas on Basswood Island. We were also hoping to … Continue reading

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The Book In The Attic, Part Two

Just landed here? Catch up with The Book In The Attic, Part One Over the next few days, I read every story in The Read-Aloud Book. That Christmas, among my presents were childrens’ versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey, … Continue reading

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The Book In The Attic, Part One

For David and Rachel, Christmas 2011 Can a book change your life? I think so, and I’ll tell you why. When I was very young, just about once a week my mother and I– and eventually my baby brother Bill– … Continue reading

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On Display, Retread Style

My posts somehow started coming out italic a few days ago. Now it got better. Mostly. I finally got around this morning to digging into the template file to look for a tag out of place and fix everything. After … Continue reading

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Oh You’ll Never Get In Trouble

To the tune of You’ll Never Get To Heaven On Roller Skates Oh you’ll never get in trouble, Oh you’ll never get in trouble For an unsent post, For an unsent post For an unsent post never leaves a ghost. … Continue reading

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Aunt Dolly’s Cranberry Melange

By request- a recipe passed to us years ago by a wonderful friend back in New York. (Hi, Bobbie!) 1 pound fresh cranberries 1 can (20 ounce) pineapple chunks in own juice 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 2 cups sugar 1/4 … Continue reading

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Does ANYONE Fall For This Crap?

Got an email this afternoon– reproduced verbatim– allegedly from my ISP: Be informed that we will be deleting all mail accounts that is not functioning to enable us create more space for new subscribers, You are to send your mail … Continue reading

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An iPod For Books

Continuing my initial assessment of the Kindle, the device seems to me to be best suited for pleasure reading. The most significant drawback I’ve noted is the difficulty of random access: while it is possible to jump ahead and back … Continue reading

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Kindling A Romance

On Tuesday morning, our mail carrier knocked at the door with a small package from Amazon: my new Kindle! Ranger Sue was actually the one who suggested getting it– “You need either a Kindle or an iPad”– and after doing … Continue reading

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