What is a book? Opinions vary. Some believe that a book is simply a collection of written content, independent of the medium by which it is distributed. Others, like me, feel that the medium definitely needs to be in there, somewhere.
Loma de Oro
Among the slides was a gorgeous color Kodachrome, showing my still-teenage mother striking a pose on the doorstep of what seemed to be a motel of some sort, named Loma de Oro. But it was an apartment, not a hotel, in 1953 San Diego's Golden Hill.
The chimney on Mill Lane
Even as my childhood eyes were free to peer into the dark woods on either side, I have no particular recollection of seeing anything in the forest to the west, but a lonely overgrown drive, gated off, that curved out of sight.
Arduous task of pioneer was grubbing stumps
At one time, I considered growing hops. As an experiment, and to immerse myself in the property that I had recently bought, I went about installing a 1/4 acre hop yard. I was not entirely practical about this venture. I resisted the use of treated wood for the trellises, and I resisted the idea that hops should grow on strings that stretch a full 16 feet into the sky. Needless to say, some of these decisions were not optimal.
Barley an inch
During the reign of King Edward II, in the early 14th century, the inch was defined as “three grains of barley, dry and round, placed end to end lengthwise.” Is it still true today? ...
Old Rawsonville : Setting the record straight
This marker and its slow drip of random itinerant readers have probably been the primary source of information shaping local awareness of the lost town of Rawsonville, Michigan. ...
The wirebound crate: Poised for an unexpected comeback?
Meet the wirebound crate -- familiar primarily to farm workers and backroom grocery clerks, it is a lingering but rapidly disappearing throwback to a simpler time, when sustainable packaging was the default. ...
January: Time to cut spiles
Want to make your own maple syrup? "You should make your own spiles," the MIT professor Sandy Brown said, assuring us that it's easy if you have some staghorn sumac growing in the neighborhood. ...
Where the Codd stopper lives on
The Codd stopper was invented by Hiram Codd in the 1800s, and although very popular at the time, most people today have never seen one. But this weird throwback still thrives in exactly two places on Earth. ...
Very level to Ypsilanti
These are not the most eloquent words written by Henry David Thoreau, but their truth remains apparent today. ...