Cool Stuff
“Hiking Like Hemingway”

I spent this past weekend by a lake 7,000 feet high, where the air smelled like pine and dirt and other bits of heaven. What I liked about it most was that the days went by slowly, very slowly, but not the kind of slow you could ever be bored with. Something about looking at the mountains and lake and inhaling pine entertains me endlessly. Until I started making lists. […]

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“The Largest Chicken Egg In History”

Okay, maybe not ALL of history. But in the history of my Rhode Island Reds. One of them squeezed THIS out the other day. I think it’s a triple yolker. Is that even possible? I’ve seen some big ones, but this takes the cake. Remember all the ones I showed you way back when? Like these and these? Go girls go!

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“Book Tour!”

So, I’m taking my horse and wagon around the country. And the wagon is going to be full of one book, called “Food Heroes.” It has my name on it too. And I’m going to be hawking it in town squares and such. That’s how I like to envision it. It’s quite possible it will be much less charming. But I hope it’s like that. I’m planning my schedule and […]

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“I’m in L.A. L.A. Land”

And I’m loving it. This place always offers up some strange experiences that I know I’ll look back on when I’m 90 in the rocking chair on my porch whittling, and get a good chuckle out of. Like that time I was sitting next to the mayor and house speaker at dinner and didn’t know it until he was trying to feed me lamb off his fork and the kindly […]

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“My Computer Passed Away Last Night”

…and I’m using an ancient machine with an ancient browser that doesn’t let me do most things. Until the Apple (I’m switching to a mac, I’m scared) and Fedex gods bring me a new one, things are going to be mighty sketchy around here. Words shall be misspelled, photos may look sketchy, I may forget my name. Yes, I’m blaming that last one on the ancient computer also. Also, since […]

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“Happy Birthday America!”

In honor of the 4th of July, I will likely do three things: 1. I will be thankful for this great country we live in and for all those who have fought to preserve it. 2. I will squirt Reddi Whip directly into my mouth because it’s fun, and I’m on vacation. And sometimes you have to eat cream that squirts out of a can to remind you that you’re […]

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“Lorenzo and His Gals”

Ever since making the transition from Loretta to Lorenzo, he has done a very diligent job of ruling the roost. Every day Lorenzo stands watch over his girls to make sure they are comfortable and laying. While the other girls roam around and eat worms, Lorenzo stays focused, and paces back and forth along the laying boxes, making sure everything is A-OK. He doesn’t go out looking for extra plump […]

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“Turkey Chase”

This is Mr. Turkey who roams around the yard a lot. Turkeys mock me as you recall. There used to be a big flock of twenty or so, but this ol’ Gobbler is alone these days. I’m not quite sure why. He seems to prefer to hang out with the cats, chickens, and guinea hens. He thinks he’s one of them. That’s more his crowd. I chase him sometimes to […]

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“Lemon Basil Ice Cream”

I planted Grandma P.’s herb garden and got to thinking about basil. A few years ago, when I was feeling especially experimental with food, I made lemon basil ice cream and everyone who set their lips to it said it was the best ice cream they’d ever tasted. There’s something so intoxicating about basil. And while the latest trend to put strange flavors into dessert form has probably gone beyond […]

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“Honey Bee Healthy”

Remember yesterday how I showed you a glimpse of a strange figure in a hazmat suit wandering through the woods? That was my dad. He only comes out of his hiding place to feed the bees. My interactions with him are solely when he’s wearing netted head gear. Just kidding. But we do both have hermit tendencies. But we overcome them when society demands it of us. He enjoys interacting […]

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