Monthly Archives: June 2011

Redneck Humor

My wife Maggie and I arrived in the mountains after surviving the  “dangerous” city life of our childhoods. We soon found out that a hardened street gang member from the “hood” would find an “inbred redneck” far more frightening than … Continue reading

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Gray Foxes Can Climb Trees

Cheap thrills for my wife and I are the common animal sightings here in the mountains. White tail deer are probably the most common, sighted both day and night. Other common sightings are of armadillos, opossums, rabbits, pileated woodpeckers, owls, … Continue reading

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“Natascha”

My wife found these beautiful wild dwarf iris flowers at a secret garden a few years back. I found their botanical name on the web recently. She brought them back to our woodland home and planted them near our fire … Continue reading

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Sassafras

Sassafras is one of those rich childhood memories that I savor and crave from time to time. Rich is the aroma, flavor, and the memory my mother’s love and attention. When the world around me was not just right, my … Continue reading

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“Hootch”

Most mountain folks make “hootch” and never realize it. Sourdough bread is another mountain tradition. Nothing is more endemic than a loaf of native sourdough bread. Nobody really knows when people began the making of a sourdough starter, or levain … Continue reading

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“Water Pepper” on the “Crick”

Drive across any creek bed up here in the Boston Mountains and you’ll find dinner growing. Watercress, also known as “water pepper,” grows especially well out here and adds a “peppery” accompaniment to any garden salad this time of the year. It … Continue reading

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