The bottom-dwellers

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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, […]

Poor Man’s Lobster Rolls

Poor Man's Lobster, coming aboard

We should all be suspicious of any recipe called “poor man’s” anything. No good can come of imitating a really good expensive thing with a less good inexpensive thing. Unless, of course, you happen to have the less expensive thing, and you’re curious. That’s where we were, when we heard about Poor Man’s Lobster. But […]

Zinc again

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There are gaping holes in my knowledge of the world. History is probably the biggest and the most important. In the course of human existence, many, many important things happen about which I know nothing at all. A bunch of other things happened, about which I know a paltry little. There are only a few […]