Rules to live by

Immanuel Kant, borrowed from britannica.com

Moral philosophy is a sticky wicket. While going through life behaving well isn’t so hard – most moral choices are straightforward – it’s very difficult to reduce “behaving well” to first principles. In general, I’d say I’m a greatest-good-for-the-greatest-number kind of girl, but I fully acknowledge the difficulty of such a far-reaching and enigmatic calculation. […]

Breaking asparagus news

Al and Christl's asparagus

I have made a startling discovery. Okay, it’s Kevin who made it, but I think our being the proverbial one flesh entitles me to take credit for his discoveries. It all started when Al and Christl went out of town. Starving regulars will know that Al and Christl are gardeners. Excellent gardeners. I’ve been on […]

A civics lesson

Bycatch: John Dory (top) and tilefish

When I first bought my apartment in New York, some fifteen years ago, I volunteered to sit on the board of the condo building. I figured it would be a good way to meet the people who lived in the other 149 apartments, get a handle on what was important to our little community, and […]

Best trade ever

Olives!

I’ve made some good trades in my day.  I routinely trade shellfish, smoked bluefish, and eggs for my friend Christl’s expertly grown vegetable seedlings.    We got venison in return for the use of one our shotguns, and a bottle of wine for a half-peck of clams.  I’ve gotten raspberries in return for chicken poop. But […]

Trading up

The bounty

Yesterday morning I made the rounds, delivering packages of our home-caught, home-smoked bluefish to some of our friends. Three stops: Amanda, Doug and Dianne, Al and Christl. I was feeling all salty and heroic, bestowing little bags of beautiful peppered fillets on a few of our favorite people. Hah! The tables were turned. Here’s a […]