Archive for January 2011
The time has come to change Groundhog Day to Woodchuck Day, which is celebrated every year on February 2. The popular myth is that if the woodchuck sees its shadow on the second, warm, sunny days will follow. And if the woodchuck does not see its shadow, it will freeze to death. Should have stayed…Read More
Steve Woodard died on January 13. Cancer snatched him. He was 54.
Steve was our local veterinarian. He lived on the Woodard Farm on Woodard Road, a 100-yard stretch of dirt that ends at the milk house. Waterbury has always been his home. Steve Woodard’s memorial service was held at Harwood high school’s auditorium. The 600 seats were full and there was standing room only in the…Read More
My Bird’s Don’t Like This Birdseed
I recently purchased 20 pounds of True Value Wild Bird Seed. It was inexpensive, about $4.50 a bag. The mix is mostly the color of corn, with small seeds, yellow chips and a scattering of sunflower. It is fortified with calcium carbonate, vitamin A and D3 supplement. The bag states that the product is 8% protein, 3% fat,…Read More
“ Working on any new books?”
I hear that often and I think that sometimes people are wondering whether I am pulling a General MacArthur. Remember his speech to Congress in 1951 after President Truman canned him? ….”Old soldiers never die, they just fade away…” He was quoting from an old ballad, and referring to the end of his career. Well…Read More
How to Make Soup
The era of skinny wallets is demanding many of us cook alone at home. I do, and because of that thin wallet and my fat middle, I stir up slimming stews and soups. My style of cooking is sort of … ummm…creative. The end product depends upon what is, and is not, in the refrigerator…Read More
Playing Out the 18th Hole
Today, January 6, 2011, is my 77th birthday. I was born in the Doctor’s Hospital in New York City at 1:45 AM — a Capricorn with Scorpio rising and the moon in Pluto. I don’t know what to say about astrology now that Pluto has been downgraded to a dwarf planet. I assume that means…Read More
Happiness in a Compact Refrigerator?
No doubt about it, 2010 was a hangdog of a depressing year for myself and friends (I don’t know any hedge fund managers or bail-out executives) but this fall I encountered a scenario that gave me hope for our future and spread a happy smile on my face. I and Kyle, my assistant. were in…Read More