Apr 15

This blog has been hacked!

I recently discovered that the site had been hacked. I am in the process of re-securing the site. Please bear with me.

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Apr 12

Second attempt at grafting.

Last year, in this article I wrote about grafting my apple tree. The idea is to have an apple tree that produces different varieties (flavors) on the same tree. It is a small space gardening concept for folks who are not able to have an orchard with many different trees. So, to that end, this …

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Apr 11

Potatoes

Potatoes fried in duck fat.

Potatoes, Murphy, Mickies, papas, spuds, taters, tatas, pomme de terre (French), patata (Italian), aardapple (Dutch), kartoffel (German), zemniak (Polish),…sorry I don’t know how to say potato in Japanese or Mandarin. Would someone please tell me? In Western culture potatoes are as widely used as rice is in Asian countries. ***   Boiled potatoes with butter …

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Apr 07

Travel

  Travel is a theme worthy of more posts here on the blog, but resources and other constraints limit this traveler’s ability to access the world abroad. In my youth, I traveled extensively throughout the 48 contiguous (sometimes referred to as the “lower 48″) United States with a couple of brief entries into Canada and …

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Apr 06

Spring Crocus

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Today was the first day of weather warm enough to begin some preliminary work in the garden. I raked away much of the debris left from the many storms of this past winter and I planted a few potatoes. The First Crocus of Spring is an ode I wrote last year. You can read it …

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Apr 06

New foal, filly and colt.

4 days old. This filly is healthy and strong.

*** SOME EQUESTRIAN TERMINOLOGY Gelding – a castrated male horse Stud – a mature and fully intact male horse Mare – a mature (over 4 years old) female Foal – a newborn horse Colt – a young (under 4 years and not castrated) male (a variation on this is, “catch colt” — a colt born …

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Apr 04

Rain

RAIN There are plenty of songs that incorporate rain in their theme. From Blues Eyes Crying in the Rain, written by Fred Rose and originally sung by Roy Acuff, later re-popularized by Willie Nelson listen to this version, to the popular musical from the 1940′s Singin’ In the Rain, by Gene Kelly, rain is sung …

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Apr 02

When the child was a child….

Song of Childhood, a poem by Peter Handke and adapted for a spoken word (there is some music in the background — harp and drum, if I recall correctly) recording by singer/songwriter, Van Morrison . Invoking his Irish brogue, Morrison adds a distinctive flavor to this sweet and charming reminiscence. The song can be heard …

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Apr 01

My friend Homer.

Homer On His Odyssey

Since I was a boy, I’ve had dogs in my home. As a child it was common to find stray dogs or for neighbors to have a litter of pups that they gave away. Most of these dogs were mutts and I knew little about training as a youngster. Later in life, I took an …

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Mar 30

Vincent

The Starry Night

* On a couple of evenings this past week, the night sky was crystal clear. I thought of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night when I cast my eye upon that palette of deep blue and gray. Above photo taken at MoMA, NYC. The Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh was born on the 30th of March …

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