Category Archives: Country

Ribs, Rain, Miracles

How I spent my summer vacation… 1. Happy Lammas Day!  Lammas, or Loaf-Mass, a festival of first fruits, isn’t in the church calendar anymore, but was held over and recontextualized from the Celtic festival of Lughnasa, marking the first day … Continue reading

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Mars After All

Last evening Slooh had a program on the Mars opposition–when the Sun, earth, and Mars were in syzygy  (a straight line, with earth in the middle).  Further, Mars was at perihelion and earth nearly at aphelion.  (Counterintuitively for Northern Hemisphere … Continue reading

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First Mars, Now Aquarius

So tomorrow is the total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition.  Two gorgeous red bodies in the sky at once.  Mind you, the northeastern United States won’t see the eclipse, but I’m hopeful thanks to Slooh, a community of stargazers … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Country

This is why. Just now, for the first time in my life, I was approached by a pair of yearling deer.  They were as gentle as could be… big soft eyes with pretty eyelashes… lovely ears… curious and polite… quite … Continue reading

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Mars etc.

I was up before 2:30 this morning to have a look at Mars, which is drawing ever nearer.  This July marks its closest approach since the spectacular event of 2003. The red planet was hiding behind dense foliage, so I … 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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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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