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One Square Inch of Silence

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I love to listen to people who are connoisseurs, people who love something and know it well enough to talk with tenderness and rapture about the qualities that I would never notice.

As such I’m really enjoying reading One Square Inch of Silence which is the story of a sound collector’s attempt to maintain one square inch of silence in Olympic National Park in Washington state.  In his journey across America he finds interesting sounds in small towns, big cities and in the wilderness.  It’s a fun and easy read and it’s nice to have something like that on rainy day with a sore throat.

The CD that comes with the book is pretty amazing audio tour of America.  I’d love to have liner notes to know what I’m listening to.  The website has a couple of acoustical samples if you’re interested.

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September 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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Cooking with The Avett Brothers

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NPR and the Avett Brothers are providing the free soundtrack for my cooking fiesta tonight: Provencal barley, honey whole wheat bread, and a fresh batch of muesli for the morning.  I’m really pleased with the Provencal barley made in part from our home grown basil and tomatoes.  Yuminess.

I think part of what I’m going to do with this year is cook the complicated recipes in the New Basics that I’m always intimidated by.  They’re always fancy looking but man, they always taste good.

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September 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Posted in At the House


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There aren’t many things in the world that terrify me.  This NYTimes video about water quality does.

When your teenage daughters and your wife stop menstruating and then start again when your family switches to bottled water then you know you have water quality problems.

Terrifying.  Simply terrifying.  I’m so thankful to be served by such a safe water system.   One thing I’m stumped about though is how to know what water quality will look like when and if we move and how to factor that into a moving decision.

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September 21, 2009 at 9:38 am

Posted in Politics

From the Archives: A Garden Description

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From last year, before the landlord next door finally hired someone to care for her property.

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It’s Sunday afternoon and I’ve dragged our desk chair into the bedroom to gaze out upon our backyard.  I’ve looked at this backyard for many years now and it makes me smile to see it as it is now: mostly clean; scattered with flowers, centered around a veggie bed that has given us many, many tomatoes this summer.

I’m staring out this window because it’s a room that I can shut off from the noise from the living room where the TV currently hold sway.  And I’m loving looking out it for the different view it gives than the front.  The front of our house is shaded by two giant pine oak trees.  They tower skyward for 40 or 50 feet before the gracefully branch out into big sweeps that twitter in the light breezes.  They shade the front yard and they blot out all competitors with their acidic touch and heavy shade.  Our front yard needs to be cut twice a season for the odd weed that grows above the moss and occasional grass.

The backyard, in contrast, is a riot of growth. Thick, green, maple trees shade the right side with their branches overhanging swaths of ivy and wisteria that longs to reach up and swallow all it can grab.  The center of the yard nearest the house is in fact a yard, though a “natural” yard: free of fertilizers, weedkillers and grass.  Instead each weed fights the next one to see how high they can grow only to be mowed down every couple of weeks.   The back left is a tumble of grapevines, honeysuckle and kudzu, each entangling the other.  The center of the yard towards the back we have fought to a stand still with respective gardens: flowers in the back and veggies in the middle.  The fence to the left has been beaten back for years in a hard fought battle against a wall of vines 90 feet long and 30 feet high.  At the base there is an alley where I’ve cut a path between the neighbor’s monstrous growth and the fence but it is only just wide enough to walk down.  Above head height the vines twine towards the light of yard, each month building another layer of structure to reach out, killing the trees and clawing towards the air above our yard like a leaning, insatiable green monster.

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September 20, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Posted in At the House

Follow the Directions when Installing an Antenna

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The directions for the roof-top antenna we are trying say, and I quote:

“WARNING: Do not attempt to install if drunk, pregnant or both.  Do not throw antenna at spouse.”

Good thing they were clear about that.  Almost chucked it at Charity.

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September 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm

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From the Archives

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Am sorting through iPhoto looking to clear out some of our duplicate photos and I hit this shot from our vacation in Maine.  It has such a dark, brooding feel through each part of it I thought I’d post it.

surging wave

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September 18, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Posted in Pictures, Travel


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Ran across this shot online today.  Beautiful and amazing.  We really are wondrous creatures.


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September 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm