Monthly Archives: August 2011

Firewood & Honor

We live in the woods. In an earlier post, “waxing poetic,” I described our unique “woodland home” down here in Lizard Holler. With the privilege of living here comes the equal privilege of the dreaded “power outage.” We have a … Continue reading

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Mountain “Dawgs”

A short post on “dawgs.” I do not know a family in the Boston Mountains that does not own, or at least associate with, a dog. They were here before we were here. We have a resident “dawg” appropriately named … Continue reading

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There Is A “Lemon” Balm In Gilead

Like the words from the hymn,”There is a Balm in Gilead,” there is a lemon balm down here in Lizard Holler. As a matter of fact, lemon balm is rampant! My wife Maggie planted this healing herb about 4 or 5 … Continue reading

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Chamomile Tea Anybody?

Chamomile grows well in the Boston Mountains. Early settlers dried the flowers to make a tea administered for sleeplessness and to cure cold sores and acute melancholy. They nicknamed it “earth apple” and many attest that it has a taste reminiscent … Continue reading

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“Smudging” Time Draws Near

The Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe celebrate the new year around the dark of the moon in October each year. One of the rituals they perform is a cleansing ritual called “smudging.” Simply said, they use smoldering smudge sticks made … Continue reading

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Blog, Blog, Blog

Just a quick “shout out!” My wife Maggie inspired me to create this blog. I wish more couples could be inspired by their mate/best friend combination. She is much more accomplished than I with her professional blog http://haikudoodle.wordpress.com and finds it to be … Continue reading

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In Praise Of The Lowly Onion

Being a chef by trade, my favorite vegetable is the onion. It is as essential to cooking as salt and pepper. Without it, as a savory ingredient, the world would be a very sad place. Onions have been a staple … Continue reading

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