Monthly Archives: August 2013

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By the Lake

The lake shimmers, moving waves across its surface.  What is usually calm is anxious, what is usually a reflection is a Picasso masterpiece.  Blues and whites mix together, creating spots of black and purple and grey and colors in that … Continue reading

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About a Boy / Responsibility

I was sitting in Lake Mirror Park in Lake Placid writing my journal, and two boys came by.  One was mentally challenged in some way, and his brother was careful to keep him away from the water’s edge and the … Continue reading

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From Montréal (4/4)

This is a continuation of my Montréal series post, from Part 3. Poutine is a Québec dish made from french fries, gravy sauce, and cheese curds.  My Québec friends described the cheese as “squeaky-squeaky-squeaky” cheese.  Because that’s what it does. … Continue reading

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From Montréal (3/4)

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This is a continuation of my Montréal series post, from Part 2. So the barbecue went wonderfully.  I got delightfully drunk with a small smattering of central-Québécois, eating burgers and chips on a gorgeous summer evening in central Montréal.  I learned … Continue reading

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Almost Heaven, The Farmland (1)

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I just returned from an excellent three-day weekend visiting a friend’s extended family (kind-of) on a farm in western Massachusetts.  I won’t use any names, mainly for my friend’s privacy, and also because my friend really dislikes social media and … Continue reading

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From Montréal (2/4)

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This is a continuation of my Montréal series post, from Part 1. To review, I made it safely and easily to Montréal, made some money by taking some tests on drugs, and found my way through the busy streets of … Continue reading

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Lake Arnold

Here there is a lake. High above trees it sits. But below many peaks. It floods its trails and campsites when it fills too much with rain water, but it is pleasantly full to just the right level most other … Continue reading

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Dragonflies

Creatures of vibrant colors, and buzzing wings. Of wide eyes and long tails, and mechanical bodies. As if put together in a factory by gnomes and nymphs and then the machines come to life, and take charge and escaped into … Continue reading

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A Long Slog

This is a very weird ramble I wrote after walking barefoot with a full pack about two miles from Rocky Falls lean-to to Scotts Clearing lean-to in the heavy, drenching rain after a fitful night that included sleep-rolling across the … Continue reading

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One Morning in August

I like being part of this system.  Or, I enjoy making for myself a system. Regularity. First.  I rise at just before 0600, sleepily find my uniform clothes (tan short-sleeve button-down with patches on both arms, light green pants, among … Continue reading