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Nov 14

I’ve looked at life from both sides now…

Canadian artist, singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell has had a prolific career in the world of music. I first introduced readers of this blog to her music in this article about poetry, and here in a post about another of her tunes. She’s written many songs about life and love, but one of her most …

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Nov 10

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald

*Sometimes called the “Big Fitz” or the “Mighty Fitz”, the Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest American working vessel operating on the Great Lakes. She was used to carry iron ore from Duluth, Michigan to Detroit, Cleveland and various other industrial ports. This was, of course, during a time when the U.S. still manufactured automobiles and …

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Nov 01

Casey Jones

In the annuls of American folklore there are many characters who’ve had songs written about their lives and deeds. John Henry – “the steel driving man” is perhaps one of the most famous, Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox is another. Blackbeard’s ghost is a tale from North Carolina. From the Southwest region the story of …

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Oct 22

Oh, the Dreadful Wind and Rain!

Sometimes called, Twa Sisters (twa = two in old Scotland). In other regions it may be called The Cruel Sister, and still others may refer to this tune as Binnorie. It may also be simply referred to as The Wind and Rain.. The origins of this song are hard to determine. Some historians say it comes …

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Oct 09

More on Vintage Port

Be sure to visit this older post to learn much more about Vintage Port. And this link for the basics of wine tasting. In this post I will share tasting notes on a bottle of Vintage Port that I opened after an extended stay in the cellar. Warre’s 1997. 20 years is generally a minimum …

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Oct 08

The Culinary Institute of America

Many regular readers know that my first career was in the restaurant industry and my first college degree was from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, N.Y. The school is recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. The recent weather has been splendid. Dry days with glorious sunshine and pleasant temperatures. This is …

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Oct 07

Vintage 2000 Bordeaux

While many people consider wines from the Burgundy region of France to be the very best in the world, I think Bordeaux offers wines that are more complex and nuianced. I prefer these blended wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (and to a lesser degree Cab. Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) more than the …

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Oct 06

Blueberries

In previous posts I’ve written about many kinds of berries; from berries found in the wild, including strawberries, also tips for cultivating raspberries and blueberries. In past seasons I have had to battle with the birds and the local deer population, but by using nets to cover the bushes I have been able to keep them from …

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Oct 05

A Day in Manhattan

In early October, I had a chance to go into the city for a bit of shopping. Some window shopping along 5th Ave. and some wine shopping at Astor Wines, in Greenwich Village. On this visit I also connected with long time student, Momo. She is in her final year at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Sadly, …

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Sep 25

New Garden Fence

Deer have been an almost constant annoyance as I have spent nearly a decade developing the yard and garden. For the main vegetable patch, a fenced area measuring roughly, 30 feet long by 20 feet wide (10 meters by 7 meters). Inside that area I have 7 raised beds, a section with 2 blueberries and …

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