Category Archives: Seasons of the Year

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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Bluebirds, Robert Frost, and a Keen Eye

In “Two Tramps in Mud Time,” Robert Frost observes the moment when A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight And fronts the wind to unruffle a plume… Another edition has “…turns to the wind…” instead.  No matter. I am struck … Continue reading

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Bluebirds!

In all my life, I never saw a bluebird till this morning. (Let’s be clear: I mean an eastern bluebird, in Latin Sialia sialis; not a bird that’s blue.  I just told someone who replied that she saw “blue birds” … Continue reading

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Snow!

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Fifth Day of Christmas

Happy five golden rings. It got down to nearly zero Fahrenheit last night.  This morning, the hot-water heater sent voluminous puffs of steam out the chimney.  The day started cloudy but the sun is coming through.  I’m home, cleaning the … Continue reading

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First Day of Christmas

I received an email from an online merchant I’ve worked with.  Today, they say, is the Twelfth Day of Christmas. I’m glad they’re good at horticulture, because their theology needs work. Today is the First Day of Christmas.  The Twelfth … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Day.  I came home after a very successful Christmas Eve service at the Presbyterian church, and an intimate and joyful Midnight Mass in the village.  Attendance was down at the latter because of storm warnings, but there was … Continue reading

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First Communion

Today, December 16, is the anniversary of my First Communion.  A big anniversary, at that. I don’t know how many people remember the date of their First Communion.  I’ve kept the booklet, and it represents an interesting time in the … Continue reading

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