2013

Putting things in more or less order

A good vacation doesn’t fit in a box, tied up with ribbon, that you can open years from now to say, “Yes, that’s what it was.”A good vacation has time enough to look over the handiwork of spiders who’ve woven their webs in the overnight and now those webs glisten in the morning dew. A […]

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Ikea numbers

The probability of placing an upside-down board in an Ikea project: 1. The probability of two or more people, each assembling the same Ikea piece of furniture, making the same mistake: 1. The step you will have to redo: 3. The number of times that one’s grandfather, a cabinet maker, rolls in his grave: ∞. The number of […]

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Father’s Day 2013

I’m a very fortunate guy. Not only did I  receive some clever and thoughtful gifts, but, most importantly, we got to spend time together as family. We ate well, laughed loudly, and heard good stories of hope and adventure.

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How to lose a sale and win a customer

While cutting firewood this weekend, the chain slipped off the bar on my chainsaw. In the process of re- tightening the chain, a small clip and, I later learned, a bearing fell out of the sprocket assembly and into the underbrush. I took it as an omen to stop work for the day. I put […]

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Plans for the weekend? The weather says, “Ha!”

What’s been weirdest among the many weird aspects of this weekend’s weather has been nearly two days of precipitation with a strong northwest wind. In typical patterns, systems move up the east coast, dragging a cold front behind them. The cold front shifts the wind to the northwest and brings in colder and drier air. […]

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Reading by Kindle light

For the second time this week, we lost power. It was earlier in the evening this time, about 5:30. We listened for our neighbor’s generator. Sure enough, the low hum was rolling across the cove.Ours is such an exciting life. Friday evenings are anchored by several PBS shows (Newshour, Beat the Press, This Old House) […]

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VZW giveth, taketh away

When we watch British detective shows on TV, I regularly marvel at the quality of cell phone coverage available to all. They can be in the catacombs of some office building, out in the barrens and moors, or on the North Sea coast. The cell phone rings. They talk.Around here, and certainly at the cove, […]

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Light by sound

We lost power this evening for nearly an hour and half. To confirm that it wasn’t just us, we stepped outside and heard the sound of our neighbors’ generator. It kicks on automatically and can run for a long time on propane.A rain shower had come through, but no thunder. I called the electric company […]

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One spring morning at the cove

There was no wind last night, so the cold fell straight from the clear sky onto our fair settlement. It was in the low 50s inside the camp when Dame Judi decided that it was time for the household to rise and shine and give her her breakfast. We had one of our earliest first […]

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Fading snow

With temps climbing into the 60s today, I decided to tempt fate and move the snow blower from the front yard to its summer place by the sheds. The last chunk of snow, well, really, ice, is almost gone from our deck. The corner of our yard, sheltered from the sun, is still snow-covered. At […]

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