We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

Ray Bradbury

Move Over Kopi Lewak

The Early Bird Gets the Bean? From the Strange But True (it has to be because I read it online) Department… Muruk Coffee — a curious project in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea may have the civet cat looking for a new gig. The idea: feed ripe...

Two Words:

Emergency appendectomy. Ho. Ho. Ho… ow.

A Day of Thanks

Ah… Thanksgiving. A day to look back, reflect, and ponder all those things for which we are most grateful. And to stuff ourselves silly on carbolicious food. Since when are fresh cranberries pink? Pink?! Absurd. No pink cranberries while I’m in charge of...

The Holiday Blend, Again.

It’s about that time of year — the air thrums with the holiday melodies of Bing and Nat and Manheim Steamroller, thrills with aromas of spruce and spice, and shop-fronts and shoppers alike dress in their Christmas finery — surely, Thanksgiving Day...

Vermonter Quiz, Winter Edition

The Winter issue of Vermont Life magazine (no, the magazine title is not intended to be ironic) boasts a contest… a quiz whereby you may determine just how true a Vermonter you really are. Being a recent transplant — and a flatlander, at that — I...

It’s Pathetic!

Ah… the classic Christmas stories: Holiday Inn, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and my personal favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas. You may never own an Inn in Vermont, experience what the world would be like without you, or meet the real...

Udderly Debunked

Learned scientific-type persons have now thoroughly debunked cow-tipping as nothing more than myth, or rural legend. (Not exactly urban now, is it?) Seeing as how it’s impossible and all, I can state categorically that neither I nor my brothers, nor any member...

Only in Vermont…

Only in Vermont can you gather half the bloggers in the state ’round one table in a community coffee house. Okay… maybe that’s overstating it. Call it a third. At the least, I’d think you could call it a quorum. And quorum might be the...

Commit Needless Words

Somewhere in my bookcase a slim, battered copy of The Elements of Style stands — neglected — sandwiched between volumes both larger and less wise. For some years I had an accord with the authors of this slender volume. And then I happened upon Rule...

NaNoWriMo?

In a fit of optimism (read, insanity) I’ve registered for the annual writing marathon at NaNoWriMo — or National Novel Writing Month. The goal: fifty thousand words in thirty days. Now, it’s more or less expected that much (all) of the...

Out of This World

It’s crisp, it’s cold and it’s clear skies in Vermont (a very welcome change) and Mars looks like a pumpkin in the sky....

Manhattan Smells Good: Officials Baffled

It’s still a mystery why New York City residents suddenly found themselves in a cloud of winsome aromas… An unseen, sweet-smelling cloud drifted through parts of Manhattan last night. Arturo Padilla walked through it and declared that it was awesome....

From the Reading Chair

I have to remind myself that, since I now have a spiffy, categorized site I can write about whatever I want, and you can simply tune into to what you want to read… and tune out what you don’t. (It’s Blog 2.0, don’t ya know.) So without further...

A Perfect Storm?

It’s snowing. Not the faint flurries that speak softly of the downly blankets to come… no, not these. These are big, gloppy, frozen clumps of fluffy, white stuff — crazed, drifting vollies — resolute in their intent to bring on that white...

Autumn 2005 Photos

Autumn has been a curious affair this year… the weather’s been unpredictable; the storied turning of leaves more so. I’ve been taking as many photos as I can, but it’s hit and miss. Here’s the best of the season so far, packaged in a...

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