Category Archives: Seasons of the Year

Spooky Time

I love October.  As far back as high school, I identified it as probably my favorite month of the year.  (I say “probably” because every month is a symphony in a different key.) This is the spooky time.  Sunlight is … Continue reading

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An Aphorism on the End of Summer

That sweet sadness one feels at the end of summer, as shadows lengthen and yellow leaves fall on the deck chairs:  it is entirely offset by the sweet smell of the first September fire.

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Labor Day

Happy Labor Day. The official Labor Day barbecue chez Hall was yesterday.  Neighbors and friends old and new converged to have a lovely dinner. From scratch, your humble chef prepared mesquite-smoked ribs and hickory-smoked chicken and sausage.  Much house preparation … Continue reading

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Summer’s Ending

Here’s Peekaboo by a stack of firewood.  Not the substantial cuts of hardwood that will heat the place all winter; just a small stack of scavenged kindling that will take the chill off.  I don’t expect to need regular fires … Continue reading

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Edelweiss

I planted a small Edelweiss two years ago.  As recently as this spring, it was flowering.  Then it vanished, the victim of careless weeding. So, today, a box of three healthy new Edelweiss plants arrived from Bavarian Specialties.  One is … Continue reading

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Kansas City

I’ve just gotten back from Kansas City, Missouri. The occasion:  the 2018 biennial national convention of the American Guild of Organists. It was a wonderful convention. Highlights are numerous, but include Todd Wilson’s recital at the Community of Christ (Reformed … Continue reading

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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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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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Smoking a Pork Shoulder

Last week’s adventure in BBQ smoking–two fat chicken breasts and a brisket–went fabulously well.  I was thrilled to learn how a small, basic Weber kettle can do the same smoking job as a dedicated device, be it horizontal, vertical, charcoal, … Continue reading

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