Farm Life: A Brief Musing on Life, Death, and Potato Beetles

Potato beetles wear black-and-yellow-striped suits and orange black-polka-dotted masks as if dressed to play the part of the circus clown. When you pop them in between your fingers, they snap-crackle-pop, bursting with bright orange goo, their deaths staining the dirt encrusted doodles of your hands. Leptinotarsa decemlineata lays neon-orange eggs on the under-leaves of our … More Farm Life: A Brief Musing on Life, Death, and Potato Beetles

When you fail at saving the world and decide to eat Sour Patch Kids instead

Thursday morning, approximately seven minutes after my vehicle failed its annual inspection, it decided to break down on me at the trailhead to 19 Mile Brook. As a result, Friday morning found me hiking north on route 16, with my Kelty on, my snowshoes dangling, my microspikes jingling, and my thumb out. No one was … More When you fail at saving the world and decide to eat Sour Patch Kids instead

Simplify: Hide Nor Hair of the ‘Poo

“Every woman likes to have her hair not only daintily and becomingly arranged, but soft and glossy in appearance and texture…,” claims an article published in the New York Times in 1908, titled “How to Shampoo the Hair” (The History of Shampoo.) This article also apparently recommended shampooing to be “accomplished” about once per month, … More Simplify: Hide Nor Hair of the ‘Poo

Simplifying in 2016

New Year’s resolutions haven’t exactly been a thing for me in a long time. Committing to long-term, distant and uncertain end-points has traditionally made me insurmountably uncomfortable, and the times when I did decide to gather my courage and pledge myself to some New-Years-hype-induced agenda, it either had to be such an abstract goal that … More Simplifying in 2016

Caretaking: Poop Face

When I was little, we had a children’s book called “Everyone Poops,” by Taro Gomi. You probably know it, because everyone knows it: The captivating illustrations of deer pooping on the move, babies pooping in their diapers and one-humped camels pooping one-humped poops. After all, everyone poops, although I do remember there being a curious … More Caretaking: Poop Face