Category Archives: Seasons of the Year

Happy Thanksgiving

The turkey is defrosting. Bags of fresh cranberries await. So do white potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, brussels sprouts, small white onions, and makings of both fresh and pre-made stuffing–I haven’t decided that detail yet. A half-gallon of pasteurized but non-homogenized … Continue reading

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November 11

Happy Veterans Day to all who served, and to all who have benefited from those who serve. To my veteran friends, and especially to former choir members who have also served at West Point, thanks and congratulations. I remember my … Continue reading

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Saunders Peony

A lovely gift arrived today from Madison, Connecticut: the root of a Saunders peony. Dr. Saunders of Hamilton College was the most famous cross-breeder of peonies; I read that over 200 varieties are now attributed to him. This one apparently … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

I love Halloween. If you’ve read my book on Calvin Hampton you know how well I remember those parties at Calvary Church many years ago. Happy Halloween. Be safe and have fun.  

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Dad and Me

This picture was taken about a week ago. A very nice couple–good friends and former neighbors in New Jersey–drove up to celebrate his birthday. We had a memorable lunch at a local waterfront place that emphasizes German food and culture. … Continue reading

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Pre-Concert Talk Tonight

Tonight at about 7:30 (maybe 7:34) I will give a pre-concert talk for the NYUO1 orchestral concert. The program itself starts at 8 PM. Costumes warmly welcome. Free! We’ll be in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 W. 4th Street in … Continue reading

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Dandelions in October

This is a first. There are dandelions sprouting on my front lawn. In October. Dandelions are an April flower. They are half a year out of their time. The apothecary’s rose (Rosa gallica officinalis) is budding for the third time … Continue reading

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Early This Morning

Shortly before dawn I stepped onto the patio to look at the stars. Just at his meridian, Orion was clear and bright, his bow clearly visible, Betelgeuse quite red. To the west, Taurus and the Pleiades, Aldebaran also visibly ruddy. … Continue reading

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Summer Listening

Summer music listening. In my opinion, this should be purely enjoyable, agenda-free, anything you like. Old friends, in particular, are welcome. Overcome that work ethic for a while if you can! This summer, I’ve gone back as far as my … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Summer

My second full summer in this beautiful place. It’s been wonderful. The magic of newness is still with me; there’s just so much left to discover, and country living agrees with me. Today, for example: a rare day off on … Continue reading

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