Dept. of Alternative Facts: Learn to Learn

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Farm Life: Memorial Day Small Walk

Returning from our walk with the dogs, the Mrs. noticed a flower in bloom just above our lane.  It was in the forest about 20 feet from the road. It was only about a foot high and quite happy in the shade (we have had fog-rain all weekend, so there was not much sun to test its growing location).  It looked like a milkweed flower, but was too small for the six-foot high common milkweed that we nurture in any open, sunny spot.  It also had four-leaves around the stem, rather than common milkweed’s two opposite leaves.

 

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Farm Life: Raised Gardens for Rusty Joints

Getting older slows down the gardening process.  Those joints just are not as flexible as in days of youthful folly.  A little rust seems to settle into them each night, requiring extra rotations and maybe WD40 each morning (symbolically only).  Setting up raised gardens is one solution to the bending, squatting, and kneeling required to get down to ground level. Continue reading

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Farm Life: My Blackberries’s Got the Blues

Last week, I noticed that our blackberries had the blues… well actually orange rust.  Shriveled leaves that looked as if someone had gone wild with a can of blaze-orange spray paint.  A quick check in the growing-guide-book on berries instructed my weekend: cut them all out, start a fire, burn everything that had the least bit of orange color on it.  With a close inspection this went from those obvious orange leaves to cankered canes and new sprouts looking as if they had been dusted with paprika.  By the time I was done, 98% of the blackberry bramble was gone.  I flame-weeded the ground twice (before & after raking the leaves and mulch out from the area) for a controlled burn.  We will see what grows back.  At least our other berry brambles are clear… Continue reading

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Farm Life: Walking Small to Enjoy the Labor

My cousin recently posted some photos from a small walk she took around her garden.  I took a few minutes between mowing, weeding, and hauling stuff around to take a few photos of our May flowers.  Irises, peonies, daisies, and dianthus are bringing white to pink to red colors to our gardens.  Be careful of those cozy seats though.  The double Adirondack is about to have its bottom rot out.  The metal patio chair had peony blooms grow through it’s back.  Enjoy. Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Introspection on Three Plays

The theatre season has come to an end this Spring. So many shows, so little time to write about them. Thus, with three un-reviewed play programs stationed at my writing spot, I contemplated what they had in common. Intelligence, A Raisin in the Sun, and Smart People rounded out Arena Stage’s 2016-17 season. Each brought an experience, which I often have when attending a play, or reading literature: the personal introspection of the theme of the play to my own life experience. While stories may have the effect of transporting us to places and situations which we do not experience regularly, they may also have the effect of illuminating our memories. Now, does the phenomenon fulfill the Greek drama concept of catharsis? Continue reading

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Farm Life: Japanese Maple Tree

You all have been enjoying reading about my tree seedling planting.  I thought of one more.  In the morning, the light brightly illuminates a Japanese Maple which I planted more than 25 years ago, after we first purchased our lot and before we built our cabin.  The seedling was one I found growing in the edge of dirt around the apartment building at which I lived in Jackson Heights, Queen, NYC.   Continue reading

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