Monthly Archives: November 2018


The full moon just set, and this house’s long shadow faded into the darkness of woods and lingering snow. It is 6 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Venus is blazing at a white-hot magnitude -4.something.  I’m sorry I don’t have my telescope … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving CCCXCVIII

Today is the three hundred ninety-eighth Thanksgiving–or would be, assuming that it was rigorously and routinely observed, which it wasn’t.  (However, it was never forgotten and then piously reconstructed.  There were many Thanksgiving feasts before the official federal establishment of … Continue reading

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Winter Storm Avery

In the words of the Rankin and Bass classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, “It hit!” We knew snow would come yesterday, but nobody predicted how much and nobody was ready. I was one of the very luckiest.  I held my … Continue reading

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There were needles of fine frost on Burt, the apothecary’s rose, this morning. So much for “once blooming”!  My fine specimen of Rosa gallica officinalis, the ancient and unmodified Red Rose of Lancaster (and of Martin Luther), has blossomed repeatedly … Continue reading

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A Hundred Years Today

This morning marks the centennial of the end of World War I–once called The Great War. The precise timing of the Armistice is the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at the eleventh hour.  11/11 at 11:00 AM. I’ll be … Continue reading

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Switched-On Brandenburgs

My college friend Doug was eager to share his newest album:  Switched-On Brandenburgs by Wendy Carlos, already famous for years for Switched-On Bach. I loved the cover for a start:  thick silver and black, done as a woodcut, classical instruments … Continue reading

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