Archive for July, 2006

My clever plan to learn Dutch (or as the Dutch would say — Nederlands) involves reading translations of Harry Potter. I’m on book three, but I seem to have hit a plateau. I find myself filling in the meaning of the many two-letter words by gut instinct rather than actually learning what they mean so […]

This is a butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) in our meadow, or more accurately, given current weather patterns, our swamp.

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Sam Allis, an astute observer of the local scene, writes in his column in last Sunday’s Boston Globe about his experience trying to obtain DSL service from Verizon, a service his neighbor has but that he was told, initially, was unavailable at his house. (I’d link to it but the Globe has an annoying sign-up […]

boston marriage


I’m not sure if this is the same all-female couple that graced the Public Garden pond last year, but I hope, what with the ongoing Massachusetts marriage debate, that they have been allowed to return. (That heap of sticks to the right is their nest — I guess they’re not into the whole gentrification thing.)

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One more time


The last blog on this site expired of natural causes years ago but, encouraged by my niece’s foray into the blogosphere and my recent addiction to blogs about, of all things, knitting, I thought I’d switch blog software and try again. As anyone in the software industry knows, a change of product is the solution […]

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