Monthly Archives: September 2010

Over the Mountain to Richmond

Thoreau’s famous remark, “I have traveled a good deal in Concord,” always impressed me. To explore your own neighborhood with the same interest and excitement as faraway exotic places, that seems like a worthwhile goal. So yesterday we set out, … Continue reading

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Update on the Lazy Feckers

From our Irish correspondent: The latest news on the said Lazy Feckers is that Fergal came to my door this afternoon to ask me to cease feeding them. This will be no problem for me since they keep me busy and … Continue reading

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CODA

As it turns out, there’s more to life than lilacs — Plus a vidclip from Babette’s Feast with a wise reminder (watch it when you have the time, it unfolds slowly): When we moved up to the Berkshires, leaving behind … Continue reading

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In Other Words

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. … Continue reading

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LILACS

“How can you bear to leave your Japanese garden?” Friends asked us that over and over when we were leaving Roslyn.  Fair question. We’d begun the garden years before, inspired by my toddler memories of drifts of cherry blossoms. For … Continue reading

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An Erratic Journal: From Ireland

This snippet comes from Berna, over in County Kildare (and, for sound effects, a youtube to  follow): The Lazy Feckers Birds in their little nests agree, but not the ones who visit my bird feeder. I haven’t taken the time … Continue reading

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Wondering —

“you have to be careful, ask yourself questions, as for example whether you still are, and if no when it stopped, and if yes how long it will still go on, anything at all to keep you from losing the … Continue reading

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Collectives: A Sleuth of Bears

Bears in the backyard! There are two more cubs behind Mamma in the shrubbery. Honest! (Why sleuth? Maybe it’s because sleuth is a word that means tracks, or tracking, which bears certainly leave.)

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DANCES WITH BEARS, STRUGGLES WITH BOOKSHELVES

We’re coming up on a Month in the Country, and where are we? Still in a secluded Paradise, as a book of readings on Berkshire County I bought yesterday modestly subtitled it. So it is, although if you remember, Eden … Continue reading

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Collectives: A Murder of Crows

When creatures come together, they form a group, an aggregate, a gathering. The words that are used to describe the collectives of any particular type of creature are whimsical, and often delightful. To find out why a bunch of crows … Continue reading

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