Monthly Archives: November 2013

On experts

Among my correspondence today was a note asking how deeply to mulch garlic cloves. Some advised two inches, she wrote. Others, six inches. The right answer is, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference. Just plant the garlic. Years … Continue reading

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For what it’s worth…

Without clarity of thought, there can be no clarity of writing or speech.

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Note for the Universe

This man, whose words I relish, was a writer for the “New Yorker,” a farmer in Maine, and the author of such as “Charlotte’s Web.”  Among other thoughts, he leaves us with — taking life right down to the nub … Continue reading

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Late harvest

A chilly, windy day. But I was out planting more garlic and perennial herbs that didn’t sell at market, and noticed that the pepper plants died, but all the peppers that hid from my hungry hands lay on the ground now, … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Day, retrospective.

To my own Dad from the King of Norway for helping — in occupied Norway — to blow the German heavy water (pre-atomic bomb) plant to smithereens. He was a Naval officer in the OSS, in charge of bringing agents … Continue reading

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The author…

…with the 3rd. Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, aboard the USS Iwo Jima on the way to Vietnam, 9 August 1966. About to learn the horrors and insanity of war.

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Sen-su-al

SEN-SU-AL; adj. That sacred word has gotten lost. It means appealing to the senses. The good earth is sensual to me; to work with, and love. Peace is sensual, as is giving, and gentleness, and holding a child’s hand, and … Continue reading

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