Monthly Archives: May 2018

As May Ends

There have been many rainy days, and I’m told more are to come.  This morning is perfect.  It’s summery, sunny, a little humid, the kind of morning where gardening is a pleasure. The irises are doing great (except one that … Continue reading

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Genius

I find it irritating to read popular articles on the topic of “genius.”  Here is a good example. There’s this ridiculous sentence, which is featured as a pull-quote in the article: Genius, as a noun, has always been a sort … Continue reading

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The Old Bulova

When I graduated from high school (a large even number of years ago), my dad, who had remarried and lived in another state, sent me a gift. It was a classic graduation gift:  a Bulova watch.  Automatic with second hand … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes

It was one of those hilarious-infuriating moments where you just have to bite your tongue and then top up your cocktail. “They’re not Jerusalem artichokes, they’re Israeli Sunflowers,” I was told forcefully. There’s no such thing as an Israeli Sunflower, … Continue reading

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Saunders Peony Update

Last fall I wrote about a Saunders peony I’d been sent, from upstate New York by way of Madison, Connecticut. It was a small bit of peony, but it had red eyes on it, and I planted it and hoped … Continue reading

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A Maxim

A maxim, drawn from the previous post on double spacing. . A bureaucrat is someone who pretends to a big picture and prefers policy to practice.    

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Two Spaces After a Period

Use two spaces after a period.  Period.  That’s what I learned since I was taught typing at St. Mary’s (thanks, Bro. Lawrence!).  I have always felt that a double space after a period lightens the text a bit, making it … Continue reading

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Update on the Previous

Still just dipping one happy toe into summer… I’m outside by the Weber, enthroned in my Coleman chair; and applewood smoke is still gently rising along with the Schlieren (those heat-shimmers whose English name I don’t know).  The ribs are … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation, part 1

One week ago today I was on campus administering final exams.  Grading must always be done carefully and attentively, especially when a final exam and final grade for a course are involved. There were also final papers to read. Last … Continue reading

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Not bad at all!

The pork shoulder came out very well. It had a nice smoke flavor and was thoroughly done.  Next time, I will keep it wrapped for a longer part of the cooking time, as it was verging towards dryness.  It still … Continue reading

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