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Is That You, Spring?

Memorial Day be damned, I’ve been in total denial that the summer season — not summer, but the summer season — is upon us. Most of the time it’s been feeling like mid or late April. Yesterday I wore jeans and a … Continue reading

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I Say It’s My Birthday

. . . because it is, for another couple of hours. Some years I take my birthday off. This year I didn’t. I’m drowning in work. I can’t afford to take a day off — but I didn’t really want … Continue reading

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Down in the Dinghy

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m not a gardener. My paternal grandmother was a gardener. Not me. I also hate fresh fruits and vegetables. I’ve said that before too. But I like getting dirty. So I … Continue reading

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Theme Park Farming

Long time ago, like about 1988, I had this idea: build a Martha’s Vineyard theme park in Falmouth. People could loll on virtual beaches, buy picture postcards and Black Dog T-shirts, and thrill to a hair-raising simulated moped ride on … Continue reading

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I Hate Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

The other day X declared that she’d taken to her bed with raw spinach poisoning. A friend noted that X’s symptoms sounded suspiciously like those of the nasty stomach bug she herself had just gotten over, and she had not … Continue reading

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’Tis the Season (at Last! Maybe?)

Sure, the days were getting short and shorter and we’d had a couple of hard frosts and a few not-so-hard, but I couldn’t take approaching winter seriously as long as daytime temperatures were in the 60s (F) and people were … Continue reading

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Samhain Passes

Samhain is the pagan new year, the cross-quarter day that falls between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. It’s variously pronounced — I say “sah’-wen” — but if you want to keep calling it Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve, … Continue reading

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Last Pesto of the Season

Last Friday I finally got around to picking basil. It would be the last big picking of the season, so I’d put it off for several days. The nearly full four-cup measure sat on my counter for several days more. … Continue reading

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My Tomatoes Are Staring at Me

So I made gazpacho — very good — but the big tomatoes kept coming. Spaghetti sauce, I thought. Almost two weeks ago I laid in the ingredients I didn’t already have on hand: mushrooms, a long coil of hot Italian … Continue reading

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Fear & Loathing in the Garden Patch

I hate fresh fruits and vegetables. What I hate most about fresh vegetables are the deadlines: use me now or I will turn to gelatinous goo in your refrigerator. I’m a freelance editor. I have enough deadlines in my life. … Continue reading

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