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Garden 2022: Final Report – November 9, 2022

As promised earlier, here’s the final post about the 2022 Garden.  Overall, it was an excellent year. Each type of crop planted yielded a harvest, and fresh vegetables were enjoyed throughout the season, with plenty put into storage for winter. We are still harvesting broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts as of this writing! The positive things that stand out in my mind when thinking back across the season: There are also some items that need attention next year: Back in […]

Moose Mountain All Over Again – November 3, 2022

So last Sunday I was again at loose ends, and needed to take a walk in the woods. Looking at the trails in the neighborhood I saw one over in Willoughby State Forest that looked interesting. That’s the same state land where Wheeler Mountain is, and the trail I hiked last July. The name of this one was Wheeler Pond Trail, and it goes up the north side of Moose Mountain. I arrived at the trailhead later in the morning, […]

Pandemic Amnesty? Seriously?   – November 1, 2022

NOTE: Yesterday this column was sent to various state and regional outlets, and a slightly shorter version sent to The Atlantic Magazine in response the article referenced. Today I read an article in The Atlantic titled Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty by Emily Oster. Central to the piece is a plea to let bygones be bygones, forgive and forget because everyone involved in the pandemic response was working in everybody’s best interests. I use that stuff to fertilize the garden. […]

A Week in October: A Funny Man, a 2-for-1 Hike and a Sunday Bonus – October 26, 2022

Not too long ago a friend commented that I was “living my best life”. I’ll certainly agree that I have a few preoccupations that keep me busy and entertained, and am always on the lookout for new and different experiences. This past week has been very full and very fun. I’ll start this chronicle on Thursday of last week. Wife and I had tickets to see Maine comedian Bob Marley over in Lancaster, New Hampshire. That’s about an hour’s drive […]

Rant-lettes: This, That, And The Other Thing – October 20, 2022

With the summer months being so busy with Garden 2022, hiking and other good weather activities, I neglected to post much in the way of commentary on the blog. This was a conscious decision, for a couple of reasons. When I post social or political observations it’s to mark where I stand, and what I believe. I don’t for a minute believe (or care) if my maunderings will change anybody’s opinions. There’s no schedule or other time pressure to meet. […]