I Will Pass This Way Again

I Will Pass This Way Again

  Well, in true backpack fashion, I have decided to move to new digs after all of my firewood is in for the approaching winter, and after all my preparations are complete. My cabin and my woods and my gardens are preparing for the proverbial winter’s nap. My children are happily ensconced in their new […]

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The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm

As I sit here in the dark, with just a faint glow lightening the east through the rain, I try to reflect. It is 6am, and I have one kid gone on the school bus and another to get moving shortly. We have a good hot breakfast each day and now I have to cook […]

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Seriously, Nothing Flows Uphill (and we are at the bottom)

As often happens in life, we have suffered a series of setbacks here, and have been unable to post. Rampant development is rapidly destroying much of the rural countryside in western PA, and it seems we are the latest folks to be “developed out”. Without going to great detail, in the last short while we […]

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Eat a Peach, But Wear Your Helmet

Eat a Peach, But Wear Your Helmet

I woke up dreaming of peaches. Again. My part of Pennsylvania is really only blessed with peaches, good peaches, only but rarely. since time immemorial we have spent the spring watching for and protecting against the frost that nearly always comes after it has been just warm enough to bring out the peach blossoms. By […]

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On Finding a Peach Left for My Morning Delivery (from 8/04)

On Finding a Peach Left for My Morning Delivery (from 8/04)

As dawn pushes the mist I behold a golden orb. A perfect peach, a blushing beauty, Swollen with pride. A gift from an unseen friend, to break the fast of an early traveler. The milk of human kindness runs golden down my shirt.  

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Zucchini Bread- World's Simplest

Zucchini Bread- World’s Simplest

This recipe is so simple and it can be adapted and modified to your liking.Not only is it a great way to use up all the summer zukes (they epitomize the feast or famine cliché, don’t they?), it can be made with just a spoon and a couple of bowls and a box grater, so […]

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Blackberry Shortcake

Blackberry Shortcake

This recipe really works for almost any soft, fresh or well drained canned fruit. It also can work with thawed and drained frozen fruit. Try it to use up those peaches going soft on the table or a can of pineapple for a treat in the deep winter too.   1 Cup Self Rising Flour […]

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That's (Rural) Life

That’s (Rural) Life

Okay folks, sorry it has been a while since I have posted, but it has been so hectic around here. Without going into long detail, my family has been a bit under siege on just about every front lately. Yeah I know, poor pity us, you just filled up with gas and it looked a […]

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Not My Typical Berry Picking Adventure

Not My Typical Berry Picking Adventure

  The character of the blackberries varied from area to area. When I had first started picking them, they had seemed rather uniform in size and shape. The only difference I noticed between them was the level of ripeness each berry had achieved. As I picked all the ripe berries from each spot I moved […]

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How To Relate to Animals pt. 1

How To Relate to Animals pt. 1

WARNING: The following post contains scenes of graphic (and hopefully humorous) violence. Further, it may contribute to the portrayal and perception of “Ugly Americans”, especially as related to rural living. Any views construed to be against animals are not the views of… OK, maybe they are…   Ok, so we don’t get a lot of […]

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