North and South and East and West

Up until November 8th, I was preparing a historical piece on Sarah Josepha Hale -- my latest historical figure crush, the woman who canvassed for years to secure the Thanksgiving holiday in our national pantheon. To my (albeit limited) knowledge, she was not an advocate of the Henry Wordsworth Longfellow rubbish about Pilgrims and "Indians" [...]

Explorations down the aural canal

THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THE EAR CANAL IN THE PAST 26 HOURS OR SO - You are apparently not supposed to clean them with Q-tips, not even a little bit, despite the fact that Q-tips look and feel expressly designed for that purpose. (What…are they for then? Can anybody tell me?) My mother did [...]

Day 2: Ann’s tour

GET READY FOR PHOTOS. I was not economical with my snapshots. Partly this was because the weather during my first two days here was incredibly hot, and I alas did not bring either of my straw hats. (I missed them very badly on this trip.) I also just crammed a lot of sight seeing into [...]

In which we consider Kelley Point

During our third mushroom class we were given vague tips on spring mushrooms sites. I say "vague" because mushroom hunters are extremely reticent to disclose information that could lead to the pillaging of cherished hot spots, particularly those containing morels. Kelley Point Park was among the places mentioned, so as I had some time on [...]