2014: The calorie retrospective

My little button buck: 9800 calories.

Back in 2012, Kevin and I set a goal of getting 20.12% — OK, call it 20% — of our calories from what we grew, hunted, fished, and gathered. I kept a monthly tally and added it up at the end of the year. It was an interesting exercise. We did it because, the previous […]

Trolling all the way to the Bank

Sunrise over no fish

We knew it was a long shot. Kevin and I are determined, this year, to catch a bluefin tuna. We caught one once before, two years ago, but we didn’t really catch it. Our friend Jon took us out on his boat, with his know-how, and his equipment, and we caught one. It was exciting, […]

The bottom-dwellers

kevin fluke

Do you remember King Friday XIII, from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood? The King serves to remind us both that Fred Rogers was extraordinarily good at crafting children’s entertainment that was accessible without being insipid, and that surprises come in two kinds. “Is it a good surprise or a bad surprise?” Friday would ask, whenever someone was […]

Fishing for glory

Amy and her 12-pound bluefish

We fished in a tournament yesterday, and we lost. The tournament was the annual Ladies Shoal Troll, a benefit for breast cancer research. Only women can fish, although men can (and do) captain the boats. Kevin and I invited our friends Amy and Beth to come with us. This was a strategic maneuver. Amy owns […]

Putting the DIY in dinghy

Note the scuppers

It has been hot the last couple of days, and Kevin and I have been spending a lot of time in or near the 110-acre pond that is our backyard. The breeze comes off it, up the slope to our house, and keeps us a good ten degrees cooler here than the people at, say, […]