Category Archives: Home Life

Armistice Day at Home

Most of Armistice Day was at home. The forecast had been rain, however, a clear fall day unfolded and I planted garlic. Pushing cloves into the ground with my thumb and index finger, I made two rows and covered them … Continue reading

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Vacation Days

It’s a crash landing after the apple harvest and a summer working almost every day at the orchard or the home, farm and auto supply store. Time to sleep, read and rest. Four days off work is not enough to … Continue reading

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Overnight Soup

In our search for truth and meaning there’s nothing like making soup. Each batch can be spontaneous yet based in traditional flavors and processes. Soup uses what comes in from the garden, is stored in the pantry and ice box, … Continue reading

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End of 2017 Garden Year

A garden never ends. First hard frost is forecast this week and kale will likely survive, tasting better after being kissed by cold. If the ground dries out, I will plant next year’s crop of garlic. If it really dries … Continue reading

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On Capitol Hill

Originally posted April 8, 2008. My only meeting with Congressman Dave Loebsack in his office on Capitol Hill. This morning, I walked to DuPont Circle and took the Metro to the Capitol. The Metro ticket cost $1.65 so that was … Continue reading

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Fall Retreat

Midst falling leaves, grasses turned brown, and apples dropping to the ground, I mowed for the first time in over a month. It may be the last cut before winter. Monday I visited the vegetable farms where I work each … Continue reading

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Fall Work Session

Continuous daily work shifts since July 31 have taken their toll. It’s  been challenging to find time for mowing, cleaning, repairs and household chores. It’s also been hard to get enough sleep. And to write. I need time to take … Continue reading

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