Category Archives: Americana

Christmas Carol Singalong

‘Tis the season.  On Sunday, December 23–the Fourth Sunday of Advent as well as “Christmas Eve Eve,” I’ll lead another community carol sing at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, NY.  Event starts at 3, is free, and a nice … Continue reading

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Pinhook Bourbon: Good Stuff

What follows is a review of an alcoholic beverage.  Those under 21 should probably read no further, and you should not violate the liquor laws in your state.  Nobody should drink and drive.  Contact Alcoholics Anonymous if you feel you … Continue reading

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Bruderhof

Last evening, I played an early Christmas program for the local Bruderhof community.  The group is part of a small religious denomination, with roots in the Hutterite expression of the Anabaptist movement.  They have a number of communities in New … Continue reading

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My Recent Birthday

Isn’t it a shame–it’s not safe to identify your exact birthday online.  What has our society come to? Anyway, my birthday fell on a recent date, during the last “few couples of whiles,” as an elder cousin once said. There … 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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Frost

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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Halloween Part One

Why waste the early morning of Halloween? Last evening, the Milky Way was brighter than I’ve seen it in years.  (My all-time Milky Way sighting was over Tuxis Island in Madison, Connecticut back in the 1970s.  Light pollution has probably … Continue reading

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Halloween 18

That’s me, yesterday, before welcoming my public for another Halloween festivity at church! I’ve done this for years.  The Halloween party I started in Montclair in 2010 is still, as far as I know, a community fixture.  It certainly was … Continue reading

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