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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Law 2, Mind 0.


The landscaping crew gets a four-day weekend this weekend, and after a particularly grueling four days – we planted a tremendous number of plants – I stopped off at the supermarket on my way home.  I wanted to buy some beer.  Of course, I was asked for I.D.  Being thirty-five and sporting the gray hairs […]

Death Held at Bay.


Driving home from work the other day, I came up over the hill and down into the happy valley of the Neversink, a sight I always love.  I found myself staring as I drove at the green fields zipping past.  The Mr. Mister song “Broken Wings” came on the radio, with its simple atmospheric bass […]

Gardening Anguish.


Over Memorial Day weekend – which was dry – I got a good deal of my garden planted; and since that time we have not had a single drop of rain.  I’ve been planning to put in a good cistern system this year, but May was both very busy and exceptionally rainy, and it got […]

Quote of the Day.


“A mystery is not something that is unknowable.  It’s something that is infinitely knowable.” – Richard Rohr

Swimming in the Creek.


There’s a swimming hole on my way home from work, so I can stop off and go for a swim before dinner.  Yesterday as I was disrobing to get in who swam by me but a beaver, moving slowly but steadily upstream.  He didn’t seem to mind my presence until I got in the water, […]



How I adore these long days.  No need to put the generator on; when it gets dark I go to sleep.  Before I turn in I like to sit on the porch in the darkness and watch; the only lights are the stars in the sky and the occasional adventurous firefly, streaking through the woods […]

Stabilitas Loci.


This week marks three complete years in the woods; I moved up to the cabin full-time just as the private school year was coming to a close in 2008.  Since that time I have spent ten seasons here; and a season apiece in the two most interesting cities in America, a winter in New Orleans […]

Bad Theology, Bad Art.


An interesting hypothesis from Tony Woodlief that bad religious art – the sort that cannot stand on its own, but has to have an adjective affixed, like “a Christian novel” – is bad because it is serving a bad (i.e. false) theology.  I largely agree with this: religious art used to be better because earlier […]

Making One’s Own Tea.


When you grow plants that have names like “Oswego Tea” (Monarda Didyma) or “New Jersey Tea” (Ceanothus Americanus) you start getting curious about what it would be like to replace all store-bought teas with infusions made in your own backyard.  So when the a local stream management organization offered a river walk with local herbalist […]

Gold-green of life.


Morning on Wildcat Mountain.