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Monthly Archives: October 2013



I’ve been eating a couple of persimmons a day – another of the odd pleasures of a Catskill autumn.  The American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is native only about as far north as Staten Island – where they are relatively common, though I’m not sure they occur anywhere else in New York City.  But they are […]

The Effect of Nature on the Mind.


Andrew Sullivan quotes a University Bookman piece which quotes a lecture by Santayana on the effect that nature as – or can have, if we let it in – on the American mind.  When you are in nature: Everywhere is beauty and nowhere permanence, everywhere an incipient harmony, nowhere an intention, nor a responsibility, nor […]

Small-Town Life.


I was dropping off campaign letters at the post office when I was told by the lady at the counter, “Just hold on a second, I’ll get your mail” – this from someone I’ve never been formally introduced to, though she sure got the right person’s mail out.  When she saw I had campaign materials […]



Campaign Fun.


A friend has been making up fun campaign posters using old pictures.  This from my teaching days: More on native plants in the Catskills and in the town of Denning here.

Pawpaw Taste Test.


At the nursery we’ve been overwhelmed with abundance this year – it’s been such an excellent year for fruit.  We had a daylong taste-test of our blueberries (Patriot won) and have had apples, peaches, pears, and grapes for months on end.  Now we have pawpaws as well.  I’ve written about pawpaws before, but in the […]

Postcard to Voters.


In the Mountains.


Letter to Denning Voters.


Dear Neighbor, My name is John Kuhner, and I’m asking for your vote for Denning Town Council. I’ve lived here for five years – long enough to convince me that Denning is my home and I want to do my part for the town by serving on the town council. I may be a bit […]

Thoreau again.


“Our least deed, like the young of the land crab, wends its way to the sea of cause and effect as soon as born, and makes a drop there to eternity.” – Thoreau