Farm Life: Supplimenting Health

During the summer months, we hire FFA students to help with garden chores, such as stacking wood, moving gravel, hauling away wheel barrows of weeds, mowing, etc. Recently, I asked this season’s helper to sift some compost before putting it on a new section of garden. “Why are there shells in your garden”, he inquired. Now, if he were from Rhode Island, rather than West Virginia, he would have asked,”Why are there quahaugs in your garden”. Quahaugs are large clams from the Narragansett Bay. The shells are in our garden to slowly release calcium into the soil. I put them there because, when we visit family in Rhode Island, I collect bags of various types of shells from the shoreline to bring home for the garden. Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Fixing, Fixin’s

Fixing (v), correcting an error

Fixin’s (rural idiom, southern USA), side dishes for a meal Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Symbolic Gesture

symbolic gesture: (adj + n) an action performed to represent a meaning beyond the action itself Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Persuade

persuade: (v) to convince someone to act in a certain manner, by advising or urging; to induce to believe Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Unite

unite: (v) to bring together in a single whole or unit; to join in mutual sympathy or a common goal Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare loved his women.  Beyond rumours of his lusty affairs, his plays female characters in Shakespeare’s comedies often trump the men’s powerless grasp at authority, witless charm, and drunken stupor.  Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing rises to the top of his list for out-smarting the men about her.  In most productions which I have seen of Much Ado About Nothing, actresses have played Beatrice’s wit with the sparkle of Champaign which none of the men can afford, save Benedick, who has sworn off such intoxicating stuff.  In the Blackfriar Theatre’s production, Beatrice comes with a warning that one drink of her sorrow at one’s own risk.  Still Benedick is the only man with the humility to taste such deep felt emotion. Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Peter and the Starcatcher

I did not spend a lot of my childhood with children’s stories.  Peter Pan might have been the Disney version which I might have watched.  But, I do not truly know whether I saw it.  My friends must have, for I know about the basic storyline of a boy who did not want to grow up, a small, firefly like ferry, and pirates lead by one with a hook for a hand.  I did not actually read the book until my wife bought it for me some decade after we married.  Late bloomer, I guess… or maybe I never grew up enough to be a child.   Continue reading

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