Nature by the Numbers

For some reason today I woke up in a quantitative frame of mind. I think it is in part due to my daily observations and computing of the overall state of the woodshed, which after being pillaged twice, thrice, or more times daily is starting to look a little gaunt around the haunches like a …

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Mental Blizzards

Mid winter brings out questions. Where did the rafter of wild turkeys go that used to flood the woods surrounding our home? Why has the fox who has been barking around 5 am the last few weeks not absconded with one of our hens who are usually cooped up in the woodshed and left unprotected …

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Survival Kits for the Multiverse

I like the idea of multitasking and recently reveled in the expeditious glory of cooking breakfast (burned), sending an email (every other word misspelled) and hanging a family picture on the wall (crooked). I am the master of efficient...well....just never mind the fact that all that sweet multitasking probably ended up taking longer than if …

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Sleepless in Pittston

I found myself awake the other night annoyingly unable to sleep; my mind stuck in a vortextual loop bouncing between money, work and home and back again, three things that I have found are never really worth worrying too much about, although try telling me that at 1:45 in the morning.  I shuffled out of …

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Pace Yourself

Let me just lay it out there: September is a grand month to be alive in this fair state of ours. The days are mostly free from the humidity of July and August, the nights are starting to get cool and are perfect for us who prefer to bury ourselves under the covers to sleep …

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Live Out Loud

  “A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” -Rachel Carson “I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. …

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Ready…Set…Go

Mid summer is here: the height of the heat upon us, our trails are in great shape and the waters statewide are low and warm. If your outdoor pursuits are not in full swing by now, this is the time to get yourself outside and start filling up that smart phone with goofy smiled selfies in …

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The View From Away

Today, instead of writing from my kitchen table or back patio, both of which provide an excellent view of the 30 acre tall grass and wild flower field behind my house, I have taken up residence on a barstool in the ‘C’ concourse at Laguardia Airport drinking a (ok, 2) $9 beers and contemplating the …

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A Tale of Two Fishies

I have read that we root for the underdog in any contest not because we like playing long the odds in Vegas but to satisfy our sense of fairness and justice, as in “they must have put forth more effort to overcome the odds to have a shot at toppling the champion” or “look what …

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